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verb (used without object), sinned, sin·ning.
verb (used with object), sinned, sin·ning.
Origin of sin1
Origin of sin2
Origin of sīn
Examples from the Web for sin
Essentially, Pope Francis is urging Christians to “love the sinner, but hate the sin.”
In March 2013 in Washington, D.C., Seth Bender got in the Uber he ordered and shortly thereafter committed the sin of burping.
Hayward lives with her boyfriend, “so I am dealing as a woman ‘living in sin,’” she says with a laugh.Thank God! To the Church, This Transgender Woman Is Just a Skank|Emily Shire|October 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Another bishop was apparently disheartened to find the word “sin” appear only once in the entire document.
And for the sin of being manipulative or hurting others to protect our own egos.Jews and Non-Jews Need to Repent for the Sins of the U.S. and Israel|Rabbi Michael Lerner|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I have another secret, dear, but this one is not like the other, a sin of my own making.Dangerous Ground|Lawrence L. Lynch
It is not the persons who sin the least, but those who overcome the strongest temptations, who are the most virtuous.
But there is a point at which unoriginality may become a sin.Parkhurst Boys|Talbot Baines Reed
He sends down his wickedness to the country and tempts weak folks to sin.Gallegher and Other Stories|Richard Harding Davis
Mrs. Arnold, did you ever confess a sin to Mr. Shenstone, and ask counsel of him when you were very miserable?Rutledge|Miriam Coles Harris
verb sins, sinning or sinned (intr)
Word Origin for sin
preposition, conjunction, adverb
abbreviation for (in Canada)
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.
see live in sin; more sinned against than sinning; multitude of sins; ugly as sin; wages of sin.