What does the word atone mean?

Usage examples for atone

  1. I do not know, Gerty; perhaps it is not; and, if it be, I trust before I go hence, I shall be blessed with a spirit of perfect submission, to atone for the occasional murmuring of a mother's heart? – The Lamplighter by Maria S. Cummins
  2. But the young man was really trying to atone for his sins, for a reason Elizabeth could never have guessed, and he now sidled up to her holding something in his hand. – 'Lizbeth of the Dale by Marian Keith
  3. They only produced one, Sir Charles Tucker, and he did his best to atone for the accident of his English birth by marrying a Kerry lady. – The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent by S.M. Hussey