atone for

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atone for

To take responsibility and/or accept punishment for one's mistakes or misdeeds. I atoned for my sins before I started going to church again. I think she'll forgive you if you just atone for your mistake.

atone for something

to make amends for an error. You must atone for the bad things you have done.
References in classic literature ?
I might yet hear him say, "She was inquisitive when she had no business to inquire; she was obstinate when she ought; to have listened to reason; she left my bedside when other women would have remained; but in the end she atoned for it all--she turned out to be right
The living in incessant noise was, to a frame and temper delicate and nervous like Fanny's, an evil which no superadded elegance or harmony could have entirely atoned for.
Tanduay atoned for its early mistakes in the PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup as it intoxicated Wangs Basketball, 90-75, Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena.
But former Charlton trainee Shelvey at least atoned for his howlers with a clever cushioned header to set up Spanish striker Michu to level in minute.
Shaun Harrad atoned for an earlier miss to give the Brewers the lead in the 22nd minute with a strike from the edge of the area.
England goalkeeper Robert Green then saved Ashley Young's 49thminute spot-kick before the Villa winger atoned for his error with a curling 25-yard equaliser two minutes later.
Paul Nicholls' brilliant chaser atoned for a recent blip at Haydock to rack up his 10th Grade One victory.
Nate Reinking more than atoned for his error which allowed Israel a second chance to win the opening game.
Evil as defined by the church must be avoided or, in not being avoided, must be atoned for.
Holywell atoned for their 4-1 away defeat with this ``home'' win.
They broke quickly and Rickie Lambert chipped the ball back for Wilbraham, who atoned for earlier misses with a well-taken effort.
His crime should be atoned for publicly to demonstrate to the faithful that the Church is protecting the defenceless.
MOROCCO'S Hicham El Guerrouj partly atoned for his Olympic misery by claiming his third world 1,500m crown in emphatic fashion.
Burton looked like they would rue Greg Pearson's well-saved penalty, but Harrad atoned for the missed opportunity late on.