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.