(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Making amends
1. (act of atoning) atonement, reparation; compensation, quittance, quits; expiation, redemption, reclamation, propitiation. See penitence, asceticism.
2. (sign of atonement) amends, [abject] apology, mea culpa, breast-beating; amende honorable, satisfaction, restoration; peace offering, a sop to Cerberus, burnt offering; [self-]sacrifice, sacrificial lamb.
3. (punishment) penance, fasting, maceration, mortification, sackcloth and ashes, hair shirt, white sheet, shrift, flagellation, lustration; purgation, purgatory; Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur; Lent.
1. (make amends) atone (for); expiate; propitiate; make amends, pay for, make good; reclaim, redeem, redress, repair; ransom, purge, shrive; do penance, repent [in sackcloth and ashes] (See penitence); set one's house in order; wipe off old scores, wipe the slate clean; make matters up; pay the penalty; take back, eat one's words, eat humble pie, eat crow; live down. Informal, give it up for Lent; pay one's dues.
2. apologize, beg pardon, ask forgiveness, give satisfaction; fall or get down on one's knees.
Adjectives — propitiatory, conciliatory, expiatory; sacrificial, piacular; apologetic, repentant.
Phrases — don't make excuses, make good; apology is only egoism wrong side out.
Antonyms, See impenitence, impiety.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. amends, satisfaction, expiation, penance; see reparation 1 , 2 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
amends, reparations, redemption, expiation, penance, restitution, compensation, redress. ''The blood of Jesus Christ . . .''—Bible, John 1:7.

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