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.
There is Eugene, a well-intentioned husband and father unable to conquer a tendency toward homosexuality; Reverend Woods, a wolf in sheep's clothing, is all too willing to sacrifice his soul on the altar of political gain; Basil atones for his part in Mattie Michael's displacement by marrying an irresponsible mother of two; the autistic Jerome, a talented pianist whose blues playing rivals that of Jelly Roll Morton or Count Basie, is cursed with a mother who exploits his gift for monetary gain; the street-wise C.
"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.