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Webster 1913 Edition


Atone

A-tone′

(ȧ-tōn′)
,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Atoned
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Atoning
.]
[From
at one
, , i. e., to be, or cause to be, at one. See
At one
.]
1.
To agree; to be in accordance; to accord.
[Obs.]
He and Aufidius can no more
atone

Than violentest contrariety.
Shakespeare
2.
To stand as an equivalent; to make reparation, compensation, or amends, for an offense or a crime.
The murderer fell, and blood
atoned
for blood.
Pope.
The ministry not
atoning
for their former conduct by any wise or popular measure.
Junius.

A-tone′

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To set at one; to reduce to concord; to reconcile, as parties at variance; to appease.
[Obs.]
I would do much
To
atone
them, for the love I bear to Cassio.
Shakespeare
2.
To unite in making.
[Obs. & R.]
The four elements . . . have
atoned

A noble league.
Ford.
3.
To make satisfaction for; to expiate.
Or each
atone
his guilty love with life.
Pope.

Webster 1828 Edition


Atone

ATO'NE

,
adv.
[at and one.] At one; together.

ATO'NE

,
Verb.
I.
[Supposed to be compounded of at and one. L. ad and unus, unio.]
1.
To agree; to be in accordance; to accord.
He and Aufidus can no more atone.
Than violentest contrariety.
[This sense is obsolete.]
2.
To stand as an equivalent; to make reparation, amends or satisfaction for an offense or a crime, by which reconciliation is procured between the offended and offending parties.
The murderer fell and blood atoned for blood.
By what propitiation shall I atone for my former gravity.
The life of a slave was deemed to be of so little value, that a very slight compensation atoned for taking it away.
3.
To atone for, to make compensation or amends.
This evil was atoned for by the good effects of the study of the practical physics of Aristotle.
The ministry not atoning for their former conduct by any wise or popular measure.

ATO'NE

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To expiate; to answer or make satisfaction for.
or each atone his guilty love with life.
2.
To reduce to concord; to reconcile, as parties at variance; to appease. [Not now used.]

Definition 2022


atone

atone

See also: at one

English

Verb

atone (third-person singular simple present atones, present participle atoning, simple past and past participle atoned)

  1. To make reparation, compensation, or amends, for an offence or a crime or a sin one has committed.
  2. (proscribed) To clear (someone else) of wrongdoing, especially by standing as an equivalent.

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French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /a.tɔn/

Adjective

atone m, f (plural atones)

  1. expressionless
  2. (linguistics) unstressed
  3. (linguistics) mute

Italian

Adjective

atone

  1. feminine plural of atono

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