Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 952 (Atonement)

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#952. Atonement. -- N. atonement, reparation; compromise, composition; compensation &c. 30; quittance, quits; expiation, redemption, reclamation, conciliation, propitiation; indemnification, redress.

amends, apology, amende honorable[obs], satisfaction; peace offering, sin offering, burnt offering; scapegoat, sacrifice.

penance, fasting, maceration, sackcloth and ashes, white sheet, shrift, flagellation, lustration[obs]; purgation, purgatory.

V. atone, atone for; expiate; propitiate; make amends, make good; reclaim, redeem, repair, ransom, absolve, purge, shrive, do penance, stand in a white sheet, repent in sackcloth and ashes, wear a hairshirt.

set one's house in order, wipe off old scores, make matters up; pay the forfeit, pay the penalty.

apologize, beg pardon, fair l'amende honorable[Fr], give satisfaction; come down on one's knees, fall down on one's knees, down on one's marrow bones. 4. MORAL PRACTICE