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the mark of Cain

An association of disgrace or public disapproval over some crime, wrongdoing, personal failing, or controversial action. An allusion to the Biblical figure Cain, the eldest of Adam and Eve's sons, who murdered his brother Abel out of jealousy and was then cursed by God. I wonder is it appropriate that she still bear the mark of Cain for something she did when she was but a teenager. The judge argued that issuing a lengthier sentence would have been a mark of Cain on an otherwise upstanding and motivated student.
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the mark of Cain

the stigma of a murderer; a sign of infamy.
According to the book of Genesis, God placed a mark on Cain after the murder of his brother Abel, originally as a sign that he should not be killed or harmed; this was later taken to identify him as a murderer (Genesis 4:15).
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The mid-season finale episode titled "The Things We Left Behind" had Dean asking Castiel to take him out once he goes down on the dark path again because of the Mark of Cain affecting him.
There are adverse consequences of fixing a mark of Cain to a child's forehead.
Professor Morgan warned children as young as ten were being labelled with "the mark of Cain on their foreheads" because of the recent focus on anti-social behaviour.
I know of men who have taken life needlessly in other conflicts, I can assure you they live with the mark of Cain upon them.
May the mark of Cain be upon Smith's head for the rest of eternity should Phil die in jail
There's a touch of homophobia in this -- an affection for Garland has long been considered male homosexuality's mark of Cain -- but the more salien reason for her legacy's neglect is less pernicious.
In The Mark of Cain, Ruth Mellinkoff rejects the single modern image of Cain she examines, Hesse's Demien, as an "intentionally distorted" treatment of the myth.
The upcoming new episode will still focus on the Mark of Cain on Dean Winchester and its dark effects on the hunter.
Can someone give me one reason why Mark of Cain, which showed British soldiers abusing Iraqis, was shown last Thursday?
THE makers of The Mark of Cain, a forthcoming Channel 4 drama about young British soldiers in Iraq, has been filmed in the safety of the Tunisian desert.
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With the Mark of Cain troubling Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) in "Supernatural" Season 10, the fans are expecting to see again the character that had the mark before it got transferred to the hunter.
Sadly, I've worn that guilt like the mark of Cain, advertising the underlying pain and neuroses for others, if they're so minded, to exploit.
com/live-feed/supernaturals-misha-collins-castiel-is-753785) The Hollywood Reporter , the 40-year-old actor teased that Castiel will become busy when "Supernatural" Season 10 returns from its holiday break as he deals with the Mark of Cain on Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) and Claire, the daughter of his vessel Jimmy Novak.
The programmes of the year wer searing dramas such as the end of the Sopranos, The Mark Of Cain, The Street and, um, Cranford.