Definition of amends in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈmendz/

plural noun

Reparation or compensation: try to make amends for the rude way you spoke to Lucy
More example sentences
  • I also point out that the actual amount paid in amends - not reparations ordered - was in excess of those legal costs.
  • That is a polite way of saying that the reparation and amends provisions have become a means for buying justice.
  • Ted distributes amends notes to everyone but Emmett.


an offer of amends

Law An offer to publish a correction and an apology for an act of libel.
Example sentences
  • In the circumstances I have summarised above, I believe that the right discount for the belated offer of amends and apology is 35%.
  • Under section 4 of the Defamation Act 1952 the defendant can establish a valid defence if he proves that he published the words innocently and has made an offer of amends.
  • Parliament intended that a defendant whose offer of amends is turned down should have a statutory defence for that very reason - save in exceptional circumstances.


Middle English: from Old French amendes 'penalties, fine', plural of amende 'reparation', from amender (see amend).

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Syllabification: a·mends

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