from The Century Dictionary.

  • Expiatory; that makes or is intended to make amends for offenses; reconciling: as, Christ's a toning blood.

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  • verb Present participle of atone.


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  • It involves making up for or, yes, "atoning" for a poor performance.

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  • That Jesus saw his imminent death in Jerusalem as a kind of atoning sacrifice may also have come from Jesus, although I am much less sure.

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  • That march of a million men, for all its pride and promise, bears the ineradicable stain of ignorant and spiteful prejudice -- and in all the talk of "atoning," there was no atoning for that.

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  • The stern powers of the paterfamilias were fused with stern duties, such as atoning for crimes committed by the members of his household.

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  • Despite saying on his release that he would spend the rest of his life "atoning" for his crime, he was arrested in November. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • I don't know how familiar the average audience fifty years ago might have been with this concept, but it's what I got out of the scene and of the Stride character, consumed as he is by the idea of atoning for the sin (pride, arguably the same one that drove the concept of

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  • While Season 5 dealt with Dexter atoning for his involvement, or lack thereof, in Rita's death, along with finally accepting his Dark Passenger's presence, this year we'll find Dexter has gone back to basics in many ways.

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  • Jesus 'life and teaching eventually had to lead to his atoning death out of love.


  • The men's 4x100m relay squad went some way to atoning for failing to finish in Daegu when they were second.

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  • The vengeful allies after the First World War tried initially to demand Germany pay reparations on that scale, atoning for millions of dead in the trenches, before more than halving their demands.

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