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Definition of sinner

1 : a person who sins

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even the worst sinner can be redeemed

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Yet when Franklin performs it, the song recaptures the raw emotion that drove the man who wrote it, a repentant sinner praying for God’s grace in a moment of moral peril. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, "Aretha: Her story was in her songs," 19 June 2019 On this Palm Sunday there were many sinners at Amen Corner. Joseph Goodman |,, "A day at the Masters unlike any other: Tiger Woods takes his place in sports history," 15 Apr. 2019 On his quest to rid Riverdale of all sinners, the Black Hood visited the Sugarman in jail and shot him to death. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Every "Riverdale" Character That's Been Killed Off," 10 May 2019 But along the shores of this 26,600-square-mile lake, the second largest freshwater body in the world, separating the good from the bad and the saints from the sinners is a complicated task. Alec Jacobson, National Geographic, "Fishermen fight to survive on the world's second largest lake," 3 May 2019 In a land where sinners and suspected insurgents are publicly executed and then strung up to rot in town squares, June continues to demonstrate a knack for skirting past the worst consequences. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "Some grim news about ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: It’s getting boring," 4 June 2019 The Black Hood, Riverdale's first serial killer in the series learned of Ms. Grundy's numerous relationships with teenage boys and deemed her a sinner. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Every "Riverdale" Character That's Been Killed Off," 10 May 2019 After each incident, Mr. Dezerega said, his abuser would kneel and pray, calling the child a sinner but assuring him he was forgiven by God. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "Pope Francis’ Handling of Sex-Abuse Cases Fractures a Catholic Stronghold," 19 Oct. 2018 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

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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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