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It is a delight to atone for a fault by obeying your commands.

Torquemada could not have done better; but Khalid, it is hoped, will yet atone for his crimes.

If he had erred, let him at least atone for his error with his blood!

It was a penance she had imposed upon herself to atone for her guilt.

ANN remains, as if carved in atone, her eyes fastened on the strangers.

Each man should atone for his own sin, must atone for his own sin, in order to be freed from it.

The magistrate was not content with that, but made him also atone for other men's sins.

I ask you to pardon me, and let me atone in whatever way you may deem best.

The only way to atone for a wrong deed is to do the next right thing.

She did not know her own mind, and now she would like to atone to him somehow.

WORD ORIGIN

1550s, from adverbial phrase atonen (c.1300) "in accord," literally "at one," a contraction of at and one. It retains the older pronunciation of one. The phrase perhaps is modeled on Latin adunare "unite," from ad- "to, at" (see ad-) + unum "one." Related: Atoned; atoning.

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