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The Definition of - atonement (noun)

    satisfaction or reparation for a wrong or injury; amends.
    (sometimes initial capital letter) Theology. the doctrine concerning the reconciliation of God and humankind, especially as accomplished through the life, suffering, and death of Christ.
    Christian Science. the experience of humankind's unity with God exemplified by Jesus Christ.
    Archaic. reconciliation; agreement.

Word Example of - atonement

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Word Origin & History of - atonement

    Word Origin & History

    atonement 1510s, "condition of being at one (with others)", from atone (q.v.). Meaning "reconciliation" (especially of sinners with God) is from 1520s; that of "propitiation of an offended party" is from 1610s.

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