atonement

noun atone·ment \ ə-ˈtōn-mənt \
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

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

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Origin and Etymology of atonement

see atone


ATONEMENT Defined for Kids

atonement

noun atone·ment \ ə-ˈtōn-mənt \

Definition of atonement for Students

:a making up for an offense or injury


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