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Definition of atonement:

  1. Reconciliation; restoration of friendly relations; agreement; concord.
  2. Satisfaction or reparation made by giving an equivalent for an injury, or by doing of suffering that which will be received in satisfaction for an offense or injury; expiation; amends; -- with for. Specifically, in theology: The expiation of sin made by the obedience, personal suffering, and death of Christ.

Synonyms:

placation, reconciliation, gratification, conciliation, expiation, satisfaction, propitiation.

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