Sin eater
Sin Sin, n. [OE. sinne, AS. synn, syn; akin to D. zonde, OS. sundia, OHG. sunta, G. s["u]nde, Icel., Dan. & Sw. synd, L. sons, sontis, guilty, perhaps originally from the p. pr. of the verb signifying, to be, and meaning, the one who it is. Cf. {Authentic}, {Sooth}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. --John viii. 34. [1913 Webster]

Sin is the transgression of the law. --1 John iii. 4. [1913 Webster]

I think 't no sin. To cozen him that would unjustly win. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Enthralled By sin to foul, exorbitant desires. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. An offense, in general; a violation of propriety; a misdemeanor; as, a sin against good manners. [1913 Webster]

I grant that poetry's a crying sin. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. A sin offering; a sacrifice for sin. [1913 Webster]

He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin. --2 Cor. v. 21. [1913 Webster]

4. An embodiment of sin; a very wicked person. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Thy ambition, Thou scarlet sin, robbed this bewailing land Of noble Buckingham. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Note: Sin is used in the formation of some compound words of obvious signification; as, sin-born; sin-bred, sin-oppressed, sin-polluted, and the like. [1913 Webster]

{Actual sin}, {Canonical sins}, {Original sin}, {Venial sin}. See under {Actual}, {Canonical}, etc.

{Deadly sins}, or {Mortal 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. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Iniquity; wickedness; wrong. See {Crime}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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