A·tone v. i. [imp. & p. p. Atoned p. pr. & vb. n. Atoning.]
1. To agree; to be in accordance; to accord. [Obs.]
He and Aufidius can no more atone
Than violentest contrariety. --Shak.
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, v. 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. --Shak.
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.
v 1: make amends for; "expiate one's sins" [syn: expiate, aby,
2: turn away from sin or do penitence [syn: repent]