From Middle Dutch zoene, soen, soene, swoene (“reconciliation; atonement; kiss”), from Old Dutch *sōna, *swōna (“reconciliation; peace; agreement”), from Proto-Germanic *sōnō, *swōnō (“appeasement; reconciliation; atonement; sacrifice”), from Proto-Indo-European *swā-n- (“healthy; whole; active; vigorous”). Cognate with German Sühne (“atonement”). Related to Dutch gezond (“healthy”).
- (archaic) reconciliation, saught (act of reconciling or state of being reconciled)
- (archaic, chiefly religion) atonement (act of atoning)