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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
PRONUNCIATION:(uh-TOHN, rhymes with phone)
MEANING:verb tr., intr.: To make amends for.
ETYMOLOGY:From the contraction of the phrase "at one" meaning "to be in harmony".
USAGE:"While society must be protected from those who might pose it a threat, it is vital we let people get on with their lives once they have atoned."
Éamonn Mac Aodha; Minor Offenders Need More Help to Escape Spectre of Past Crime; The Irish Times (Dublin); Apr 28, 2009.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Whoe'er excels in what we prize / Appears a hero in our eyes. -Jonathan Swift, satirist (1667-1745)