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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adverb, conjunction, and preposition Sin
Old form of Since.
noun Sin
  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." [John viii. 34.]" Sin is the transgression of the law." [1 John iii. 4.]"I think 't no sin. To cozen him that would unjustly win." [Shak.]"Enthralled 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. 21.]
  4. An embodiment of sin; a very wicked person.(R)"Thy ambition, Thou scarlet sin, robbed this bewailing land Of noble Buckingham." [Shak.]
    synonyms: Iniquity; wickedness; wrong. See Crime.

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.

Etymology: OE. sinne, AS. synn syn; akin to D. zonde, OS. sundia, OHG. sunta, G. sünde, 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

verb Sin
  1. To depart voluntarily from the path of duty prescribed by God to man; to violate the divine law in any particular, by actual transgression or by the neglect or nonobservance of its injunctions; to violate any known rule of duty; -- often followed by against."Against thee, thee only, have I sinned." [Ps. li. 4.]"All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." [Rom. iii. 23.]
  2. To violate human rights, law, or propriety; to commit an offense; to trespass; to transgress."I am a man More sinned against than sinning." [Shak.]"Who but wishes to invert the laws Of order, sins against the eternal cause." [Pope.]

Etymology: OE. sinnen singen sinegen, AS. syngian. See Sin (n.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An act that is regarded by theologians as a transgression of God's will
  2. Estrangement from god
  3. The 21st letter of the Hebrew alphabet
  4. (Akkadian) god of the Moon; counterpart of Sumerian Nanna
  5. Ratio of the length of the side opposite the given angle to the length of the hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle
  6. Commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law
  7. Commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake

From Middle English sinne, synne, sunne, zen, from Old English sinn, senn, synn (“injury, mischief, enmity, feud; sin, guilt, crime”), from Proto-Germanic *sunjō (“truth, excuse”) and *sundī, *sundijō (“sin”), from Proto-Indo-European *sent-, *sont- ("being, true", implying a verdict of "truly guilty" against an accusation or charge), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁es- (“to be”); compare Old English sōþ ("true, very, sooth"; see sooth).

  1. (theology) A violation of God's will or religious law.
    As a Christian, I think this is a against God.
  2. A misdeed.
  3. A sin offering; a sacrifice for sin.
  4. An embodiment of sin; a very wicked person.

Cognate with Scots syn, sin (“sin”), Saterland Frisian Säände (“sin”), West Frisian sûnde (“sin”), Dutch zonde (“sin”), Low German sunn, sunne (“sin”), German Sünde (“sin”), Swedish synd (“sin”), Icelandic synð, synd (“sin”), Latin sont-, sons (“sinful, guilty, criminal”).

  1. (theology) A violation of God's will or religious law.
    As a Christian, I think this is a against God.
  2. A misdeed.
  3. A sin offering; a sacrifice for sin.
  4. An embodiment of sin; a very wicked person.

Modification of shin.

  1. A letter of the Hebrew alphabet; שׂ
  2. A letter of the Arabic alphabet; س

    sin was also found in the following language(s): Translingual, Aromanian, Asturian, Breton, Danish, Esperanto, Fon, Gun, Hausa, Icelandic, Irish, Ladino, Latin, Livonian, Lojban, Menien, Middle Dutch, Middle Low German, Miskito, Navajo, Northern Sami, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Old Dutch, Old English, Old Irish, Old Saxon, Picard, Scottish Gaelic, Serbo-Croatian, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Tatar, Vietnamese, and West Frisian

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Sin U.S.
      White 4.30% 64.26%
      African American 0.00% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 89.58% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.88% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 3.38% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Sin

    • How Popular is the name Sin? As a last name Sin was the 8,797th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Sin first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Sin is Wednesday, May 17th, 1882.
    • How unique is the name Sin? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Sin. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
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    • How many people have the last name Sin? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,725 people with the last name Sin.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sin? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Sin as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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