more sinned against than sinning

more sinned against than sinning

Less guilty or worthy of blame than others who have injured or laid such blame or guilt upon one. I may be exploiting a loophole in how much social welfare payments I'm receiving, but given how my retirement fund was stolen from me by fraudulent investors, I'd say I'm more sinned against than sinning. The nurse undoubtedly made questionable judgment calls in this unfortunate case; however, his hands were largely tied by ambiguous legal wordings relating to end of life care, and in my opinion he was more sinned against than sinning.
See also: more, sin

more sinned against than sinning

Less guilty than those who have injured one, as in It's true she took the money but they did owe her quite a bit-in a way she's more sinned against than sinning . This expression comes from Shakespeare's King Lear (3:2), where the King, on the heath during a storm, so describes his plight.
See also: more, sin
References in classic literature ?
As your husband, I shall do all for her that I can, and I have no doubt that she will prove more sinned against than sinning.
You were more sinned against than sinning, that I admit.
I am convinced that someone has wronged you, and that you are more sinned against than sinning.
Erlynne was a woman more sinned against than sinning, as the phrase goes.
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