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摘要: Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 5, 2022 is: atone • \uh-TOHN\  • v...

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 5, 2022 is:

atone • \uh-TOHN\  • verb

Atone is usually used with for to mean “to make amends; to provide or serve as reparation or compensation.”

// James tried to atone for the wrongdoings of his youth by devoting his life to helping others.

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Examples:

“After a childhood act of cowardice, Amir spends most of the play reflecting on and trying to atone for his failure to come to the aid of his best friend.” — Laura Zornosa, The New York Times, 1 July 2022

Did you know?

Atone has its roots in the idea of reconciliation and harmony. It grew out of the Middle English phrase at on meaning “in harmony,” a phrase echoed in current expressions like “feeling at one with nature.” When atone joined modern English in the 16th century, it meant “to reconcile,” and suggested the restoration of a peaceful and harmonious state between people or groups. Today, atone specifically implies addressing the damage—or disharmony—caused by one’s own behavior.



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