the sins of the fathers are visited upon the children

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the sins of the fathers are visited upon the children

used to say that children often suffer for the bad things their parents do

Word by Word Definitions

sin play sins
  1. : an offense against religious or moral law

  2. : an action that is or is felt to be highly reprehensible

  3. : an often serious shortcoming : fault

  1. : to commit a sin

  2. : to commit an offense or fault

  1. : the 21st letter of the Hebrew alphabet — see Alphabet Table

father play fathers
  1. : a man who has begotten a child

  2. : god

  3. : the first person of the Trinity (see Trinity 1)

  1. : beget

  2. : to be the founder, producer, or author of

  3. : to accept responsibility for

visit play visited
  1. : to pay a call on as an act of friendship or courtesy

  2. : to reside with temporarily as a guest

  3. : to go to see or stay at (a place) for a particular purpose (such as business or sightseeing)

  1. : a short stay : call

  2. : a brief residence as a guest

  3. : an extended stay : sojourn

upon play
  1. : on

  1. : on the surface : on it

  2. : thereafter, thereon

child play children
  1. : an unborn or recently born person

  2. : a female infant

  3. : a young person especially between infancy and youth


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