Sin

Definition of Sin

adv., prep1.Old form of Since.
Sin that his lord was twenty year of age.
- Chaucer.
n.1.Transgression of the law of God; disobedience of the divine command; any violation of God's will, either in purpose or conduct; moral deficiency in the character; iniquity; as, sins of omission and sins of commission.
Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
- John viii. 34.
Sin is the transgression of the law.
- 1 John iii. 4.
I think 't no sin.
To cozen him that would unjustly win.
- Shak.
Enthralled
By sin to foul, exorbitant desires.
- Milton.
2.An offense, in general; a violation of propriety; a misdemeanor; as, a sin against good manners.
I grant that poetry's a crying sin.
- Pope.
3.A sin offering; a sacrifice for sin.
He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin.
- 2 Cor. v. 21.
4.An embodiment of sin; a very wicked person.
Actual sin
See under Actual, Canonical, etc.
Deadly sins
(R. C. Ch.) willful and deliberate transgressions, which take away divine grace; - in distinction from vental sins. The seven deadly sins are pride, covetousness, lust, wrath, gluttony, envy, and sloth.
Sin eater
a man who (according to a former practice in England) for a small gratuity ate a piece of bread laid on the chest of a dead person, whereby he was supposed to have taken the sins of the dead person upon himself.
Sin offering
a sacrifice for sin; something offered as an expiation for sin.
v. i.1.To depart voluntarily from the path of duty prescribed by God to man; to violate the divine law in any particular, by actual transgression or by the neglect or nonobservance of its injunctions; to violate any known rule of duty; - often followed by against.
[imp. & p. p. Sinned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Sinning.]
Against thee, thee only, have I sinned.
- Ps. li. 4.
All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
- Rom. iii. 23.
2.To violate human rights, law, or propriety; to commit an offense; to trespass; to transgress.
I am a man
More sinned against than sinning.
- Shak.
Who but wishes to invert the laws
Of order, sins against the eternal cause.
- Pope.

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