Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. Recompense for grievance or injury: The new law offers no amends to victims of crime. I assured them that no amends are necessary. You must make amends to them for the insult. See Synonyms at reparation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Compensation for a loss or injury; recompense; reparation.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of amend.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Compensation for a loss or injury; recompense; reparation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Compensation for a loss or injury; recompense; satisfaction; equivalent.
  • Recovery of health; amendment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sum of money paid in compensation for loss or injury
  • n. something done or paid in expiation of a wrong

Etymologies

Middle English amendes, from Old French, pl. of amende, reparation, from amender, to amend; see amend.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French amendes, plural of amende. Compare with amende. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What Woods does to make amends is nobodys friggin business.

    Think Progress » Fox News Televangelist Hume: Tiger Would Be ‘Farther Down The Road’ To ‘Forgiveness’ With Christianity

  • While the wronger will admit no wrong, while he mocks at the idea of amends, or while, admitting the wrong, he rejoices in having done it, no suffering could satisfy revenge, far less justice.

    Unspoken Sermons Third Series

  • The use of that exact phrase amends the Endangered Species Act by implication, Department of Justice attorneys argued, even if the rider didn't reference the specific law.

    The Seattle Times

  • Faced with the threat of a writ, the BBC – in a cowardly act of dhimmitude – made an offer of 'amends' and an apology on the Question Time website.

    Easy money, expensive words

  • If the Chinese have the good sense to make some kind of amends, then it'll settle down.

    The Bear and the Dragon

  • Later she would have to apologise to him. to make some kind of amends for what she was doing, but if she stayed in this room with Lewis even one second longer.

    A Cure For Love

  • a deep modification -- the idea of amends for the wrong done taking the place of revenge.

    Mutual Aid; a factor of evolution

  • The only kind of amends he could make for the other's hurt was to provide hands, feet, and strength for the man who did know what to do and how to do it.

    The Time Traders

  • 'I suppose "amends" mean caramels or chocolates,' said Mabel;

    The Giant's Robe

  • Than all the race of Adam may redress; and the "Legend of Good Women" seems, in point of fact, to have been intended to offer some such kind of amends as is here declared to be called for.

    Chaucer

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