1. Amends or reparation made for an injury or wrong; expiation.
a. Judaism An individual's reconciliation with God by means of repentance and confession of one's transgressions.
b. Atonement Christianity The reconciliation of God and humans brought about by the redemptive life and death of Jesus.
3. Obsolete Reconciliation; concord.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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