sin·​ner | \ ˈsi-nər \

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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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 Over the past half-century, influential theological currents have embraced the idea of the Mass as essentially a welcoming meal, often linking it with Gospel accounts of Jesus’ willingness to eat with outcasts and sinners. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "The Battle Over Who Can Take Communion," 29 June 2018 But Bill Clinton seems to have skipped the public culpability and accountability phase and moved directly to the reformed sinner preaching phase. Susanna Schrobsdorff, Time, "Why It Matters That Bill Clinton Hasn't Really Apologized to Monica Lewinsky," 7 June 2018 Against the backdrop of Zaytoven’s holy production, Future is just a sinner like the rest of us. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Cathartic Symphony of Future’s Beast Mode 2," 6 July 2018 Rosa Parks, the Freedom Riders and even participants in the Children’s March were all sinners in the eyes of an angry white God, according to Romans 13. Michael Harriot, The Root, "A Brief History of People Using Romans 13 to Justify White Supremacy," 15 June 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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