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

Examples of sinner in a Sentence

even the worst sinner can be redeemed
Recent Examples on the Web Serious sinners and penitents began a public penance on the first day of Lent. Chris Sims, The Courier-Journal, 14 Feb. 2024 Religion at its worst can be a tool to divide — the saints and the sinners. Dave Schilling, Los Angeles Times, 25 Apr. 2023 The goal: Turn these sinners into saints unable to be wiped out by the (unsettlingly terrifying) angels. Related Stories She’s joined — in certain cases against their will — by friends, funders and her father (that’s Satan, voiced by Jeremy Jordan). Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Jan. 2024 Samuel has made a movie that imagines a good-hearted sinner slouching toward salvation one desperate measure at a time. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 12 Jan. 2024 As Shug, Margaret Avery runs the gamut from friend to vamp to repentant sinner and belts out a pair of Quincy Jones’ best in the bargain. Arthur Knight, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Dec. 2023 This story is not offered as an example of a sinner before his salvation. Charles McCrary, The New Republic, 3 Nov. 2023 Henningsen, known for her role as Cady Heron in Broadway’s Mean Girls musical, will voice Charlie, the estranged daughter of Lucifer who wants to find a way to redeem sinners into Heaven through rehabilitation in the Hazbin Hotel. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Oct. 2023 This epic weaves a rich tapestry of gods and mortals, sinners and saviors, and is already creating a buzz ahead of the latest installment's release on the 26th of August. Nick Kasmik, USA TODAY, 30 Aug. 2023

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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 18 Jun. 2024.

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

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