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 Was abolitionist John Brown a psychopath, a sinner or a saint? William Nash, Smithsonian Magazine, "‘The Good Lord Bird’ Paints a Different Portrait of Abolitionist John Brown," 5 Oct. 2020 Now to the saint and the sinner must be added the singers. The Economist, "Balkan balladeers What do Dua Lipa, Rita Ora and Ava Max have in common?," 3 Oct. 2020 The redemption stories peddled by the evangelical right are never about a sinner who repents after a lifetime of exploiting renters as a landlord, after being horribly racist to black people or abusive toward women. Elizabeth Spiers, The New York Review of Books, "Jerry Falwell Jr. and the Evangelical Redemption Story," 20 Aug. 2020 Bebe leads a hotel roomful of musicians and hangers-on in a sinner’s choir version of this hit from a band featuring Who guitarist Pete Townshend’s former chauffeur, Speedy King. Matt Wake |, al, "‘Almost Famous’ at 20: Ranking every song from beloved rock film," 18 Aug. 2020 For her ability to literally pummel a bunch of college kids into a winning team in half the regular time, Aldama has been characterized as both a saint and a sinner. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "Be a Good Sport," 10 Aug. 2020 In the 17th century, expressions such as suburb lechery and suburb sinner (meaning a prostitute) were common. Ben Zimmer, The Atlantic, "Trump’s Version of the Suburbs Is a Lie," 31 July 2020 The inner lower register depicts John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, with a group of saints, sinners, clergy, and soldiers in between. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "How AI helps unlock the secrets of Old Master and modernist paintings," 27 Dec. 2019 Played by Hugh Jackman as a sinner clinging to illusions of sainthood, Tassone cuts a striking figure across Bad Education, a dark glimmer in his eye and a certain rigidity to his pressed suits and slicked-back hair. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to stream (and skip) on HBO and Apple TV+ this weekend," 24 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of sinner

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Oct 2020

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“Sinner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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