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 ?
Alban seemed (in her view) to be trying to prevent her from atoning for an act of injustice.
Thus, his "beneficent suicide" is driven by a selfish duty to "set things right," as it were, by atoning for his own sins.
French, who placed third in the league doubles tournament with Blair Brzeski during her freshman year at Agoura, defeated Calabasas' Eileen Chang in the semifinals before atoning for a regular-season loss to Harper in the final.
Lowering her huge lashes, she whispers that being there is, for her, like atoning for all past sins.
If it is alleged that only some people are gravely immoral, and that the innocent often have great suffering, one has to point out that the human race is a unity, that we are brothers and sisters of one another, and that the suffering of the innocent, besides atoning for their own lesser sins, can also atone for the great sins of others.
We are always forging lives damaged and derailed by our past offenses, which means that we are constantly in need of making amends and atoning for our sins.
A woman charged with killing her neighbor's 2-year-old daughter in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward apologized and said she wants to devote her lifetime to atoning for the crime as she entered her final plea of guilt Monday at the Tokyo District Court.
The Spartans defeated the Yellowjackets 11-7 in a Pacific View League match, atoning for a 10-8 loss at the hands of Oxnard two weeks ago and forging a tie for first place entering the final week of league play.
The team's performance this year was as impressive as its title-winning effort two summers ago, mainly because it required Synergy to defeat long-time nemesis Balboa Bay Quicksilver of Costa Mesa -- a team it had lost to 12 consecutive times -- in the Gold Division quarterfinals, before atoning for an earlier loss to rival Santa Monica Beach Club with a sweep in the semifinals.
We've been waiting a long time to get back at them and we did," said Eric Lee, who outlasted Taft freshman Josh Tchan 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, atoning for a loss in their first meeting.