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verb [intransitive] formal 

 atone pronunciation in British English
/əˈtəʊn/

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  1. to show that you are sorry for doing something bad or wrong

    atone for something:

    The time will come when you’ll have to atone for your dishonesty .

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    To say or show that you are sorry: apologize , atone , make amends …

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atonement

noun [uncountable]

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To say or show that you are sorry: apologize , atone , make amends …

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verb [intransitive] formal 

 atone pronunciation in British English
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  1. to show that you are sorry for doing something bad or wrong

    atone for something:

    The time will come when you’ll have to atone for your dishonesty .

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atonement

noun [uncountable]

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  • verbcompensate; make amends for former misdoing
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verb compensate; make amends for former misdoing

  • apologize
  • redeem
  • absolve
  • answer
  • appease
  • balance
  • correct
  • counterbalance
  • expiate
  • offset
  • outweigh
  • pay
  • propitiate
  • recompense
  • reconcile
  • redress
  • repair
  • square
  • do penance
  • make amends
  • make redress
  • make reparation
  • make up for
  • pay one's dues
  • set off
  • take one's medicine

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Antonyms for atone

  • disagree
  • spoil
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More words related to atone

apologize

verb . express remorse, regret
  • admit guilt
  • ask forgiveness
  • ask pardon
  • atone
  • beg pardon
  • bow to
  • clear oneself
  • confess
  • cop a plea
  • cop out
  • crawl
  • excuse oneself
  • get down on knees
  • give satisfaction
  • make amends
  • make reparations
  • make up for
  • make up with
  • offer compensation
  • offer excuse
  • purge
  • retract
  • say one is sorry
  • square
  • withdraw

apologizing

verb . express remorse, regret
  • admit guilt
  • ask forgiveness
  • ask pardon
  • atone
  • beg pardon
  • bow to
  • clear oneself
  • confess
  • cop a plea
  • cop out
  • crawl
  • excuse oneself
  • get down on knees
  • give satisfaction
  • make amends
  • make reparations
  • make up for
  • make up with
  • offer compensation
  • offer excuse
  • purge
  • retract
  • say one is sorry
  • square
  • withdraw

compensate

verb . make restitution
  • atone
  • come down with
  • commit
  • guerdon
  • indemnify
  • make good
  • pay
  • pay up
  • plank out
  • pony up
  • recompense
  • recoup
  • refund
  • reimburse
  • remunerate
  • repay
  • requite
  • reward
  • satisfy
  • shell out
  • take care of
  • tickle the palm

compensated

verb . make restitution
  • atone
  • come down with
  • commit
  • guerdon
  • indemnify
  • make good
  • pay
  • pay up
  • plank out
  • pony up
  • recompense
  • recoup
  • refund
  • reimburse
  • remunerate
  • repay
  • requite
  • reward
  • satisfy
  • shell out
  • take care of
  • tickle the palm

expiate

verb . make amends for
  • absolve
  • amend
  • appease
  • atone
  • atone for
  • compensate
  • correct
  • do penance
  • excuse
  • forgive
  • pay one's dues
  • rectify
  • redeem
  • redress
  • remedy
  • square things

expiates

verb . make amends for
  • absolve
  • amend
  • appease
  • atone
  • atone for
  • compensate
  • correct
  • do penance
  • excuse
  • forgive
  • pay one's dues
  • rectify
  • redeem
  • redress
  • remedy
  • square things
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Word Origin & History

1550s, from adverbial phrase atonen (c.1300) “in accord,” literally “at one,” a contraction of at and one . It retains the older pronunciation of one. The phrase perhaps is modeled on Latin adunare “unite,” from ad- “to, at” (see ad- ) + unum “one.” Related: Atoned; atoning.

Example Sentences for atone

It is a delight to atone for a fault by obeying your commands.

Torquemada could not have done better; but Khalid, it is hoped, will yet atone for his crimes.

If he had erred, let him at least atone for his error with his blood!

It was a penance she had imposed upon herself to atone for her guilt.

ANN remains, as if carved in atone, her eyes fastened on the strangers.

Each man should atone for his own sin, must atone for his own sin, in order to be freed from it.

The magistrate was not content with that, but made him also atone for other men’s sins.

I ask you to pardon me, and let me atone in whatever way you may deem best.

The only way to atone for a wrong deed is to do the next right thing.

She did not know her own mind, and now she would like to atone to him somehow.

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