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Definition of "atonement" []

  • Amends or reparation made for an injury or wrong; expiation. (noun)
  • Reconciliation or an instance of reconciliation between God and humans. (noun)
  • Christianity The reconciliation of God and humans brought about by the redemptive life and death of Jesus. (noun)
  • Obsolete Reconciliation; concord. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "atonement" in a sentence
  • "The word atonement is one of a very few theological terms that can be explained in a helpful way through its English form."
  • "It strikes me that what they call the atonement is a kind of moral bankruptcy."
  • "Indeed, as has already been remarked, it is quite synonymous with the term atonement, involving the same ideas and serving the same purposes."