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for Sin eater
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Sin \Sin\, n. [OE. sinne, AS. synn, syn; akin to D. zonde, OS.
sundia, OHG. sunta, G. s["u]nde, Icel., Dan. & Sw. synd, L.
sons, sontis, guilty, perhaps originally from the p. pr. of
the verb signifying, to be, and meaning, the one who it is.
Cf. Authentic, Sooth.]
1. Transgression of the law of God; disobedience of the
divine command; any violation of God's will, either in
purpose or conduct; moral deficiency in the character;
iniquity; as, sins of omission and sins of commission.
Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
Sin is the transgression of the law. --1 John iii.
I think 't no sin.
To cozen him that would unjustly win. --Shak.
By sin to foul, exorbitant desires. --Milton.
2. An offense, in general; a violation of propriety; a
misdemeanor; as, a sin against good manners.
I grant that poetry's a crying sin. --Pope.
3. A sin offering; a sacrifice for sin.
He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin.
--2 Cor. v.
4. An embodiment of sin; a very wicked person. [R.]
Thou scarlet sin, robbed this bewailing land
Of noble Buckingham. --Shak.
Note: Sin is used in the formation of some compound words of
obvious signification; as, sin-born; sin-bred,
sin-oppressed, sin-polluted, and the like.
Actual sin, Canonical sins, Original sin, Venial sin.
See under Actual, Canonical, etc.
Deadly sins, or Mortal sins (R. C. Ch.), willful and
deliberate transgressions, which take away divine grace;
-- in distinction from vental sins. The seven deadly sins
are pride, covetousness, lust, wrath, gluttony, envy, and
Sin eater, a man who (according to a former practice in
England) for a small gratuity ate a piece of bread laid on
the chest of a dead person, whereby he was supposed to
have taken the sins of the dead person upon himself.
Sin offering, a sacrifice for sin; something offered as an
expiation for sin.
Syn: Iniquity; wickedness; wrong. See Crime.
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