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
Recent Examples on the Web Black or white, right or wrong, us or them, friend or enemy, sinner or saint: dualistic thinking creates either/or categories that limit our growth and our ability to think in sophisticated ways. Alison Escalante, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 So the show gives us a new unrepentant sinner: Officer Diggs, the motorcycle cop Lucifer bribed in the pilot. Sara Netzley,, 10 Sep. 2021 Rather, this redeemed sinner is throwing her body backward, surrendering beneath closed eyelids to a transcendent consummation within. Julian Bell, The New York Review of Books, 17 Dec. 2020 According to Sports Illustrated, the women's single sinner could win $255,220 while the runner-up is expected to receive $188,945. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 16 Aug. 2021 But his nomination process was met with public opposition, spearheaded by conservative Republicans who portrayed Mr. Hormel as a sinner and equated being gay to having an addiction or being a kleptomaniac. New York Times, 13 Aug. 2021 The sinner, having given scandal, gets only one chance. Keith C. Burris, Star Tribune, 14 Apr. 2021 Indeed, its brevity draws attention and curiosity — at least from this sinner. Jack Fowler, National Review, 2 Apr. 2021 To paraphrase Oscar Wilde: Every saint had a past, and every sinner has a future. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of sinner

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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5 Oct 2021

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“Sinner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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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