Synonyms for sinning

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They are father and mother, and he is the weak, sinning child.

I do not want to be independent that I may sin, but I want to be independent in my sinning.

He thanked him, and said he would not anew expose himself to the danger of sinning.

Now he had an object in view—he was sinning for the wages of sin.

And so every Burman who fought against us knew that he was sinning.

If any sinning woman love, she has an advocate with the Father.

The Ash'arans believe that the power of sinning is not created in them.

Poor things, they are much more sinned against than sinning.

Perhaps, too, he had been as much sinned against as sinning.

You say that your brother is more sinned against than sinning.


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.



adjectivewrong; deviant
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