v. 1. To make amends for wrongdoing; to appease by making amends.
2. To be reconciled.
“He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” -the apostle John (1 John 2:2)
This Easter season, you may hear the word atonement tossed around, often used in reference to Christ’s sacrifice as a means of bringing about forgiveness of sin. If it looks like the words ‘at one,’ that is because it literally is those two words combined, meaning being united or reconciled with someone, in this case, God.
The word is often used more generally too, however, to mean making up for any wrong, such as making restitution after a crime, or making amends to a friend after an argument.