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Definition to fix or make up for a wrong — especially a sin
  • To atone for sins is a common religious theme.
atone = fix or make up (for a wrong)
  • Christians believe Jesus atoned for their sins through his sacrifice he completed with his death on the cross.
    Christianity - Wikipedia  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • Approved forms of faith, practice, and conduct were laid down as consistent with orthodoxy, and deviation from these standards had to be confessed and atoned for by a prescribed form of penance.
    Dictionary of the History of Ideas  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • Some think Yom Kippur is the most important Jewish holiday. On it, Jews fast and pray in atonement for their sins.
  • We knew we had been guilty, but now we had a way to atone for it.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • atone = fix or make up (for a wrong)
  • This was some strange kind of atonement,
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • atonement = fixing or making up for a wrong
  • This is the synagogue that young Rachel Shilsky walked to with her family and where Rabbi Shilsky led the congregation during the Jewish holidays Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the day of atonement and fasting.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • atonement = making up (for wrongs)
  • Yom Kippur. The Day of Atonement. Should we fast? The question was hotly debated. To fast would mean a surer, swifter death. We fasted here the whole year round.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • atonement = fixing or making up for a wrong
  • the Church of Sunday Atonement
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • atonement = making up for a wrong
  • May God accept my atonement in the preservation of these two existences!
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Feeless, not to be atoned for with money.
    Unknown  --  Beowulf
  • I don't care a fig for all your romantics of atonement.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • ... Killing her was atonement for forty sins.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • And by your sacrifice, you shall atone for your greed and offer my flock a gift of wisdom.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • She knew he meant, somehow, to atone for his wrong.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • Then is there mirth in heaven, When earthly things made even Atone together.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • If I remained here, I could perhaps atone in some way to Lucy—to others; I could convince them that I'm sorry.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Atone, by repentance and better conduct, for the shocking action you have committed, and the dreadful consequences to which it has led.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Not simply a letter, but a new draft, an atonement, and she was ready to begin.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Beth now saw him as the kind, caring, and compassionate friend, someone who'd atoned for his sins.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One

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