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Sincere RegretPlay
‘Atone’ implies deep remorse and a strong wish to correct past actions. SlideAfter realizing the harm he caused, he sought to atone by volunteering.
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Formal ContextPlay
‘Atone’ is formal and often used in serious or religious discussions. SlideThe priest spoke about the importance of atoning before judgement.
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Personal ResponsibilityPlay
Using ‘atone’ indicates personal accountability for one's mistakes. SlideShe donated her book profits to atone for plagiarizing.