sin·​ner ˈsi-nər How to pronounce sinner (audio)
: a person who sins

Example Sentences

even the worst sinner can be redeemed
Recent Examples on the Web Another sign is viewing people or situations in your life as perfect or flawed, saint or sinner, or good or bad, according to Psychology Today. Erica Sweeney, Men's Health, 26 Jan. 2023 Some men crawl along the ground shirtless and enshackled, acting out the sorrow of the enslaved man or the sinner, as hot wax is dripped by others onto their backs. Shannon Sims, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Sep. 2022 Like many on Side B, he’s since been called both a sinner for being gay and a self-hater for choosing celibacy. The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Dec. 2022 But the album, with motifs of tolling bells and country rock, is clearly the testament of an alleged sinner who has been scarred by soul-saving efforts. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 16 Sep. 2022 Despite the mass of fans and foes categorizing Fish into binaries – saint versus sinner, good versus evil – the singer remains focused on pushing boundaries through his genre-less take on storytelling that has captured the hearts of millions. Neena Rouhani, Billboard, 25 July 2022 That was the hardest part to read as a parent, as a pastor and as a sinner who is susceptible to temptations just like anyone else. Deborah Netburnstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2022 Is there a distinction between the sinner and the sin? Lance Morrow, WSJ, 25 May 2022 The signing of aging legend and multi-time PED sinner Robinson Cano seems like fertile ground for some old-fashioned righteous indignation. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sinner was in the 14th century

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“Sinner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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sin·​ner ˈsin-ər How to pronounce sinner (audio)
: one that sins

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