sin·​ner | \ ˈsi-nər How to pronounce sinner (audio) \

Definition of sinner

1 : a person who sins

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Examples of sinner in a Sentence

even the worst sinner can be redeemed

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The Conways were sinners, Hal's mother told him, and Hal needed to do everything possible to protect their own family., "Riverdale Just Confirmed Your Favorite Black Hood Theory, But There's A Big Twist," 10 May 2018 This post in particular explains that sinners should be awarded mercy not punishment for their wrongdoings. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "'Full House' Star Candace Cameron Bure Posts Cryptic Message After Lori Loughlin College Scandal," 14 Mar. 2019 Where the Puritans humiliated sinners with the stocks, the modern intolerant have Twitter . William Mcgurn, WSJ, "The Shaming of Karen Pence," 21 Jan. 2019 The fox was commonly portrayed as untrustworthy, and ensnared birds the way the devil traps sinners. Constance Grady, Vox, "Amazon has warehouse employees defending its labor practices on Twitter," 25 Aug. 2018 By any measure, Hell is a cruel and oppressive concept: a place where sinners suffer unspeakable torments for all eternity for sins committed during their mortal lives. Scott G. Bruce, WSJ, "Do We Still Need to Believe in Hell?," 13 Sep. 2018 So, Betty ties up her not-brother, and decides to release this ultimate sinner to the only man who will know what to do with him, the Black Hood. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything That Happened On "Riverdale" Season 2," 8 Oct. 2018 As Oscar Wilde said, every saint has a past, every sinner has a future. Fox News, "Bill Bennett on McCain, warts and all," 27 Aug. 2018 Sierra is not the film’s only sinner; a number of the characters use transphobic and homophobic remarks as punchlines and the film does little in the way of addressing their cruelty. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "I Really Tried to Like “Sierra Burgess,” But Catfishing Isn’t Romantic — It’s Harmful," 10 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of sinner

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sinner

: someone who has done something wrong according to religious or moral law : someone who has sinned

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