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 The holiday marks the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days leading up to Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2022 Having been reunited with his adorable frog connoisseur of a son, Grogu, Mando (Pedro Pascal) seems to be on a quest of atonement after being declared no longer a Mandalorian by the Armorer (Emily Swallow). Lauren Morgan,, 10 Sep. 2022 Supreme Lord of the harvest, graciously accept us and the fruits of our toil, in union with Jesus, your Son, as atonement for our sins, for the growth of your Church, for peace and love in our homes, and for salvation for all. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 21 July 2022 In the aftermath of Howard Hamlin’s (Patrick Fabian) murder and nearly having to assassinate someone herself, Kim decided to pull the plug on her law career and relationship with Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) as a form of atonement. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 July 2022 To paraphrase Katy Waldman’s critique of self-awareness in contemporary fiction, awareness doesn’t equal atonement. Ben Sandman, The New Republic, 26 Apr. 2022 And the subject of blood atonement comes up in the based-on-fact, but fictionalized, drama about the infamous murders in American Fork. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 May 2022 Everything else, every doctrine, every action, every meaningful principle and element of life, rests and depends and exists upon Christ’s atonement. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Mar. 2022 Abhorrent behavior without atonement isn’t worthy of the sport’s highest honor. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Atonement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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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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