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used in Middlemarch

2 uses
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to fix or make up for a wrong — especially a sin (even if nothing can be done to make up for the wrong other than to show regret)
  • He meant to give Fred his full advantage, but it would be well, he thought, to clear her mind of any superstitions, such as women sometimes follow when they do a man the wrong of marrying him as an act of atonement.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (84% in)
  • And I wish to make atonement to you as the one still remaining who has suffered a loss through me.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (87% in)

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