atonement

noun
atone·​ment | \ ə-ˈtōn-mənt How to pronounce atonement (audio) \

Definition of atonement

1 : reparation for an offense or injury : satisfaction a story of sin and atonement He wanted to find a way to make atonement for his sins.
2 : the reconciliation of God and humankind through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ
3 Christian Science : the exemplifying of human oneness with God
4 obsolete : reconciliation

Examples of atonement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chbosky deploys it well, incorporating the song (which Ryan sings as Colton) into an extended atonement sequence, which is clearly the movie’s way of having Evan redeem himself. Peter Debruge, Variety, 9 Sep. 2021 In the eyes of the public, physician ownership of the cost conundrum was conflated with a false narrative rooted in physician atonement for their wealth and greed. Prem Ramkumar, Forbes, 4 Sep. 2021 Francis didn’t believe that blood atonement was required for God to love or forgive us. baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 23 Apr. 2021 In the early 1990s, Ross accompanied Floyd Cochran, once the national spokesman for the Aryan Nations, on a national atonement tour. Jessica Bennett New York Times, Star Tribune, 29 Jan. 2021 After the Russia scandal, the CEO used his personal Facebook wall to apologize during Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday of atonement. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Nov. 2021 After the Russia scandal, the CEO used his personal Facebook wall to apologize during Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday of atonement. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Nov. 2021 After the Russia scandal, the CEO used his personal Facebook wall to apologize during Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday of atonement. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Nov. 2021 After the Russia scandal, the CEO used his personal Facebook wall to apologize during Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday of atonement. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of atonement

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for atonement

see atone

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19 Jan 2022

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“Atonement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/atonement. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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atonement

noun
atone·​ment | \ ə-ˈtōn-mənt How to pronounce atonement (audio) \

Kids Definition of atonement

: a making up for an offense or injury

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