- a gyroscopic device indicating the exact speed and position of a vessel, as indicated by differences in positions over a given period on a given course, as well as the direction of true north.
Origin of SINS
- transgression of divine law: the sin of Adam.
- any act regarded as such a transgression, especially a willful or deliberate violation of some religious or moral principle.
- any reprehensible or regrettable action, behavior, lapse, etc.; great fault or offense: It's a sin to waste time.
- to commit a sinful act.
- to offend against a principle, standard, etc.
- to commit or perform sinfully: He sinned his crimes without compunction.
- to bring, drive, etc., by sinning: He sinned his soul to perdition.
Origin of sin1
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- the 22nd letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
- the consonant sound represented by this letter.
Origin of sin2
- the 12th letter of the Arabic alphabet.
Origin of sīn
- the Akkadian god of the moon: the counterpart of the Sumerian Nanna.
Examples from the Web for sins
White Southerners crave an innocent past, a personal distance from the sins of their ancestors.The Tragic History of Southern Food
November 12, 2014
Heracles goes on his twelve labours, not to better mankind, but to achieve immortality and atone for his own sins.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero
October 28, 2014
For all our sins, may the Force that makes forgiveness possible forgive us, pardon us, and make atonement possible.Jews and Non-Jews Need to Repent for the Sins of the U.S. and Israel
Rabbi Michael Lerner
September 24, 2014
“It is hard to beat the enemy if you yourself suffer from his sins,” says Druz.Putin's Crimea Is a Big Anti-Gay Casino
September 8, 2014
Ironically, the private-sector unions have also suffered politically from the sins of the public sector.Why Progressives Shouldn’t Support Public Workers Unions
July 11, 2014
As she said all this, Hester felt like a hypocrite, remembering her own sins.
I must make it clear to myself that He does not shut me out of His heart because I am guilty of sins.The Conquest of Fear
Out of your bed and down on your knees to your own blessed father, and confess your sins.
But Moxy did not know anything about sins, and just as little about heaven.
Sins against this Second Commandment are common, but not small sins.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
- any serious offence, as against a religious or moral principle
- any offence against a principle or standard
- live in sin informal (of an unmarried couple) to live together
- theol to commit a sin
- (usually foll by against) to commit an offence (against a person, principle, etc)
- a Scot dialect word for since
- a variant of shin, the 21st letter in the Hebrew alphabet (שׂ), transliterated as SSee shin 2
- social insurance number
Word Origin and History for sins
Old English synn "moral wrongdoing, injury, mischief, enmity, feud, guilt, crime, offense against God, misdeed," from Proto-Germanic *sun(d)jo- "sin" (cf. Old Saxon sundia, Old Frisian sende, Middle Dutch sonde, Dutch zonde, German Sünde "sin, transgression, trespass, offense," extended forms), probably ultimately "it is true," i.e. "the sin is real" (cf. Gothic sonjis, Old Norse sannr "true"), from PIE *snt-ya-, a collective form from *es-ont- "becoming," present participle of root *es- "to be" (see is).
The semantic development is via notion of "to be truly the one (who is guilty)," as in Old Norse phrase verð sannr at "be found guilty of," and the use of the phrase "it is being" in Hittite confessional formula. The same process probably yielded the Latin word sons (genitive sontis) "guilty, criminal" from present participle of sum, esse "to be, that which is." Some etymologists believe the Germanic word was an early borrowing directly from the Latin genitive. Cf. also sooth.
Sin-eater is attested from 1680s. To live in sin "cohabit without marriage" is from 1838; used earlier in a more general sense. Ice hockey slang sin bin "penalty box" is attested from 1950.
Old English syngian "to commit sin, transgress, err," from synn (see sin (n.)); the form influenced by the noun. Cf. Old Saxon sundion, Old Frisian sendigia, Middle Dutch sondighen, Dutch zondigen, Old High German sunteon, German sündigen "to sin." Form altered from Middle English sunigen by influence of the noun.
- Abbreviation of sine