KJV Dictionary Definition: atone


ATO'NE, adv. at and one. At one; together.

ATO'NE, v.i. Supposed to be compounded of at and one. L. ad and unus, unio.

1. To agree; to be in accordance; to accord.

He and Aufidus can no more atone.

Than violentest contrariety.

This sense is obsolete.

2. To stand as an equivalent; to make reparation, amends or satisfaction for an offense or a crime, by which reconciliation is procured between the offended and offending parties.

The murderer fell and blood atoned for blood.

By what propitiation shall I atone for my former gravity.

The life of a slave was deemed to be of so little value, that a very slight compensation atoned for taking it away.

3. To atone for, to make compensation or amends.

This evil was atoned for by the good effects of the study of the practical physics of Aristotle.

The ministry not atoning for their former conduct by any wise or popular measure.

ATO'NE, v.t.

1. To expiate; to answer or make satisfaction for.

or each atone his guilty love with life.

2. To reduce to concord; to reconcile, as parties at variance; to appease. Not now used.


ATO'NED, pp. Expiated; appeased; reconciled.



1. Agreement; concord; reconciliation, after enmity or controversy. Rom. 5.

Between the Duke of Glo'ster and your brothers.

2. Expiation; satisfaction or reparation made by giving an equivalent for an injury, or by doing or suffering that which is received in satisfaction for an offense or injury; with for.

And Moses said to Aaron, go to the altar, and offer thy sin-offering, and thy burnt-offering, and make an atonement for thyself and for the people. Lev. 9.

When a man has been guilty of any vice, the best atonement he can make for it is, to warn others not to fall into the like.

The Phocians behaved with so much gallantry, that they were thought to have made a sufficient atonement for their former offense.

3. In theology, the expiation of sin made by the obedience and personal sufferings of Christ.


ATO'NER, n. He who makes atonement.


ATON'IC, a. Relaxed; debilitated.


ATO'NING, ppr.

1. Reconciling. Obs.

2. Making amends, or satisfaction.