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money one pays to relieve one's conscience, as in compensation for some former dishonesty
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nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Money paid in compensation or atonement, as for a dishonest or morally objectionable act.