- satisfaction, reparation, or expiation given for an injury or wrong
- (often capital) the reconciliation of man with God through the life, sufferings, and sacrificial death of Christ
- the sufferings and death of Christ
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- an act or instance of atoning:atonement for murder.
- [sometimes: the Atonement] the Christian doctrine that God and humankind were reconciled by the suffering of Christ.