atonement

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 /əˈtəʊnmənt/



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
a•tone•ment /əˈtoʊnmənt/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. an act or instance of atoning:atonement for murder.
  2. Religion[sometimes: the Atonement] the Christian doctrine that God and humankind were reconciled by the suffering of Christ.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
a•tone•ment  (ə tōnmənt), 
n. 
  1. satisfaction or reparation for a wrong or injury;
    amends.
  2. (sometimes cap.)[Theol.]the doctrine concerning the reconciliation of God and humankind, esp. as accomplished through the life, suffering, and death of Christ.
  3. [Christian Science.]the experience of humankind's unity with God exemplified by Jesus Christ.
  4. [Archaic.]reconciliation;
    agreement.
Etymology:1505–15;
from phrase at one in harmony + -ment, as translation of Medieval Latin adūnāmentum;
compare Middle English onement unity


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

atonement /əˈtəʊnmənt/ n
  1. satisfaction, reparation, or expiation given for an injury or wrong
  2. (often capital) the reconciliation of man with God through the life, sufferings, and sacrificial death of Christ
  3. the sufferings and death of Christ
Etymology: 16th Century: from Middle English phrase at onement in harmony



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