• WordNet 3.6
    • n atonement the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity)
    • n atonement compensation for a wrong "we were unable to get satisfaction from the local store"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Atonement Reconciliation; restoration of friendly relations; agreement; concord. "By whom we have now received the atonement .""He desires to make atonement Betwixt the Duke of Gloucester and your brothers."
    • Atonement Satisfaction or reparation made by giving an equivalent for an injury, or by doing of suffering that which will be received in satisfaction for an offense or injury; expiation; amends; -- with for. Specifically, in theology: The expiation of sin made by the obedience, personal suffering, and death of Christ. "When a man has been guilty of any vice, the best atonement be can make for it is, to warn others.""The Phocians behaved with, so much gallantry, that they were thought to have made a sufficient atonement for their former offense."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n atonement Reconciliation after enmity or controversy; settlement, as of a difference; concord.
    • n atonement Satisfaction or reparation made for wrong or injury, either by giving some equivalent or by doing or suffering something which is received in lieu of an equivalent.
    • n atonement In theology, the reconciliation of God and man by means of the life, sufferings, and death of Christ.
    • n atonement This doctrine assumes that sin has made a spiritual separation between God and the human soul. Different systems of theology explain differently the method of reconciliation, and therefore use the word atonement with different meanings. The early fathers generally stated the doctrine in the terms of Scripture, and it was not until the time of the Reformation that the differences in philosophical statement were clearly marked. The modern statements may be grouped under four general heads, as follows: A reparation or satisfaction for sin made by the sufferings of Christ as a substitute for the sinner, and in lieu of the punishment to which the sinner was justly amenable. Such satisfaction is regarded as necessary either to satisfy the justice of God, and so make forgiveness possible, or to satisfy the law of God, produce the public impression which punishment would have produced, and so make forgiveness safe. The former is known as the satisfaction, the latter as the governmental theory.
    • n atonement The entrance of God into humanity, that he may thereby drive out sin and make the human race at one with himself.
    • n atonement The majority of orthodox divines, whether in the Roman Catholic or the Protestant churches, ordinarily hold one of the above views or a combination formed from them. In general, the former opinion is held in the Calvinistic school of theology, the latter opinion
    • n atonement in the more modern Broad Church school.
    • n atonement In Unitarian theology, the moral result produced by the influence exerted on mankind by the life and death of Christ, leading men to repentance and to God. This is sometimes known as the moral influence theory of the atonement.
    • n atonement In New Church (Swedenborgian) theology, the union and accord of flesh and spirit in man, and so the union and accord of man with God by a spiritual change wrought in the individual.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Atonement the act of atoning; reconciliation: expiation: reparation: esp. (theol.) the reconciliation of God and man by means of the incarnation and death of Christ
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  • R. A. Torrey
    R. A. Torrey
    “I am ready to meet God face to face tonight and look into those eyes of infinite holiness, for all my sins are covered by the atoning blood.”
  • Horace
    “Undeservedly you will atone for the sins of your fathers.”
  • Sir Richard Steele
    “Nothing can atone for the lack of modesty; without which beauty is ungraceful and wit detestable.”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
    “What is past is past, there is a future left to all men, who have the virtue to repent and the energy to atone.”
  • Lord Byron
    “The beginning of atonement is the sense of its necessity.”
  • Robert Frost
    “No memory of having starred atones for later disregard, or keeps the end from being hard.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Literally, a setting at one,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Atone, above.


In literature:

We will try to find a way to atone.
"Friday, the Thirteenth" by Thomas W. Lawson
I will atone for the past if I can!
"The Redemption of David Corson" by Charles Frederic Goss
No other sacrifice could make atonement.
"Sermons on Various Important Subjects" by Andrew Lee
I stand here to atone for my mother's sin, for she boasted of me once that I was fairer than the Queen of the Fishes.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
No ordinary atonement would do.
"The Quest of the Silver Fleece" by W. E. B. Du Bois
The 'prayaschit' is an expiating atonement by which the person humbles himself in public.
"Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official" by William Sleeman
But her smile could still atone for all shortcomings.
"Far to Seek" by Maud Diver
The atonement is a continual ethical process in the heart of the religious man.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
But this was at once atoned for.
"The Seeker" by Harry Leon Wilson
Thus must I now the confidence atone Thyself extorted from me!
"Iphigenia in Tauris" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In poetry:

Outspoke the man, in Truth's own might:
"Lord, half my goods I give the poor;
If one I've taken more than right
With four I make atonement sure!"
"Zacchaeus" by George MacDonald
Darius. Here I swear,
By him who sits enthroned in yon bright sun,
Thy blood shall be atoned! One these thy foes
Thou shalt have ample vengeance.
"Daniel. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
The dead are dead — let that atone:
And though with equal hand we strew
The blooms on saint and sinner too,
Yet God will know to choose his own.
"To E.S. Salomon" by Ambrose Bierce
Yet, gracious God, thy power and love
Has made the curse a blessing prove;
Those dreadful suff'rings of thy Son
Atoned for sins which we had done.
"Psalm 69 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Throughout the world, there is not one
That can for his own sins atone,
'Till the Lamb's blood he shall obtain,
To pay his price, and ease his pain.
"An Exhortation To Give God Thanks For Our Redemption Through Christ" by Rees Prichard
And know that nothing can atone
For sin, before the Godhead's throne,
Besides Christ's death, and precious blood,
And the obedience which he show'd —
"Advice To Those Who Are Desirous Of Obtaining God's Favour, And Forgiveness Of Their Sins" by Rees Prichard

In news:

A graphic artist demands that the History channel atone for stealing his digital resurrection of Jesus and Abraham Lincoln.
Christian tradition is to atone for sins on Ash Wednesday.
D&H to Distribute ATON Products.
Harrisburg, Penn.-based D&H Distributing agreed to carry ATON 's line of audio and video signal routing products for custom installations.
ATON Dynamic Level Adjustment (DLA) Series.
ATON premiers the Dynamic Level Adjustment (DLA) series of speaker selectors, designed for multiroom routing and audio level control, and offering both radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) control.
ATON Takes Speaker World by Storm.
Cybex is a German baby gear company that manufactures a sleek car seat called the Aton .
Bemidji State looking to atone for last season's loss at U-Mary.
UT defense can atone if it delivers in upcoming stretch against quality Big 12 offenses.
TCU's Brandon Carter promises to atone for last year's dropped pass against SMU.
NU defense striving to atone for horrible 2011.
Redskins center Erik Cook ready to atone for last year's Buffalo game.
Scorpions look to atone for opening rout.
Leader's Rep to Ahmadinejad: ' Atone '.

In science:

In the original scenario of the inflationary Universe, the adiabatic mode of the inflaton fluctuation sources the curvature perturbation when the perturbation leaves the horizon.
Free light fields can change the predictions of hybrid inflation
The generation of the curvature perturbation at the end of inflation is basically caused by (1) modulation of the coupling constants or (2) two-field hybrid inflation in which both inflaton fields are coupled to the waterfall field.
Free light fields can change the predictions of hybrid inflation
One thing that is common in the previous models of the “end of inflation” scenario is that the extra light field has an explicit coupling to the inflaton sector .
Free light fields can change the predictions of hybrid inflation
In our model the additional fields are not coupled to the inflaton sector, but it changes the definition of the adiabatic field.
Free light fields can change the predictions of hybrid inflation
This defines the “inflaton sector” of the model.
Free light fields can change the predictions of hybrid inflation