atone (v.) 1550s, from adverbial phrase atonen (c.1300) "in accord," lit. "at one," a contraction of AT (Cf. at) and ONE (Cf. one). It retains the older pronunciation of one. The phrase perhaps is modeled on L. adunare "unite," from ad- "to, at" (see AD- (Cf. ad-)) + unum "one." Related: Atoned; atoning.

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  • atone — [ atɔn; aton ] adj. • 1813; gr. atonos 1 ♦ Méd. Qui manque de ton, de tonicité, en parlant des tissus vivants. Un intestin atone. ⇒ paresseux. 2 ♦ (1839) Plus cour. Qui manque de vie, de vigueur, de vitalité, d énergie. Un être atone. ⇒ amorphe,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Atone — A*tone , v. t. 1. To set at one; to reduce to concord; to reconcile, as parties at variance; to appease. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I would do much To atone them, for the love I bear to Cassio. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To unite in making. [Obs. & R.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Atone — A*tone ([.a]*t[=o]n ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Atoned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Atoning}.] [From at one,, i. e., to be, or cause to be, at one. See {At one}.] 1. To agree; to be in accordance; to accord. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] He and Aufidius can no more… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • atone — ► VERB (atone for) ▪ make amends for. ORIGIN from at one …   English terms dictionary

  • atone — index compensate (counterbalance), redeem (satisfy debts), redress, restore (return) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 20 …   Law dictionary

  • atone — *expiate Analogous words: compensate, *pay: propitiate, conciliate, appease (see PACIFY) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • atone — [v] compensate; make amends for former misdoing absolve, answer, apologize, appease, balance, correct, counterbalance, do penance, expiate, make amends, make redress, make reparation, make up for, offset, outweigh, pay, pay one’s dues*,… …   New thesaurus

  • atone — [ə tōn′] vi. atoned, atoning [ME at onen, become reconciled < at one, in accord: see AT1 & ONE] 1. to make amends or reparation (for a wrongdoing, a wrongdoer, etc.) 2. Obs. to be in agreement vt. Obs …   English World dictionary