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.
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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.
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more sinned against than sinning

Less guilty or responsible than others who have done one wrong. This particular phrase comes from Shakespeare’s King Lear (3.2), when Lear wanders about the heath during a terrible storm and complains of his plight. The idea, of course, is much older. Nevertheless the phrase appealed particularly to Shaw, who used it in at least two plays (Captain Brassbound’s Conversion, 1899; Fanny’s First Play, 1911).
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