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 ?
He atones for being occasionally somewhat overdressed by being always absolutely over-educated.
Pure humanity atones for all human crimes and weaknesses.
One caller said, `The church should only speak after it atones for its sins, otherwise (it should) shut up,'" said Mr.
It is high time the world atones for the crime by putting an end" to the Palestinian refugee problem by implementing United Nations Resolution 194, allowing refugees to return to their home, receive compensation and be allowed to work in peace and security.