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I have a sentence from National Geographic.

"Three or four minutes later, the clouds had moved on. Light reclaimed the horizon. A rainbow appeared and atoned for the storm, now spent."

I don't understand the underlined part. Please help.

Thank you.
  • redgiant

    Senior Member
    Cantonese, Hong Kong
    This is the first time I've seen "spent" used with a abating storm. Does it sound natural to native speakers?


    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    Yes. It may be a transfer from human emotions: we say anger or passion is spent. I wouldn't say the snow was spent if it had stopped snowing; it seems more appropriate to the ferocity of a storm.
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