sin against

sin against (someone or something)

To do or say something that is considered an offence against a particular person, place, principle, idea, etc. This disgusting novel, if you must call it such, sins against the very soul of literature. I just don't know how anyone can support a man who has sinned against his own country with such inflammatory language!
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sin against someone or something

to offend or desecrate someone or something sacred or revered. The critic said that Walter sinned against the poet when he read the poem in a sarcastic manner. I would say that Walter sinned against poetry, not just one poet.
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References in classic literature ?
Where there is still a people, there the state is not understood, but hated as the evil eye, and as sin against laws and customs.
She hoped, upon the return of the expedition from the incubator, to mix me with the other young assigned to the quarters of Tal Hajus, and thus escape the fate which would surely follow discovery of her sin against the ancient traditions of the green men.
Thus they were willing to commit a sin against the spirit of religious law, in order that they might preserve the letter of it.
In any case, whatever the real significance of this sin against the Holy Spirit that makes it unforgivable, what it warns us is to beware of closing ourselves entirely to God.
They said it's in the bible that it's a sin against God for a man to marry his dead brother's widow.
Download Ezzedine: Delay in adopting electoral law a sin against country, stability NNA - State Minister for Administrative Development Inaya Ezzedine said on Friday that delaying the adoption a new electoral law is a sin against the country, its stability and country's civil peace.
There is nothing more touching than the words 'Our Father, which art in Heaven, hallowed by Thy name' and 'forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us'.
Pope Francis called assisted suicide "playing with life" and "a sin against the creator.
IN A NOVEMBER ADDRESS before the Italian Catholic Doctors Association, Pope Francis condemned abortion, in vitro fertilization, stem cell research and euthanasia as "experimentation with life" and "a sin against the Creator," Religion News Service reported.
Torture is a sin against humanity; it is a crime against humanity.
com's Matt Zoller Seitz writes that "Noah and his family are vegetarians and view the consumption of meat as a sin against God.
THE RIDGEDALE CHURCH OF Christ in Tennessee gave Linda Cooper the choice of either leaving the congregation she had been part of for decades, or saying that her lesbian daughter's "lifestyle" was a sin against God.
Several other towns in Central Massachusetts have rejected the idea and I believe Leominster should follow their lead as I believe gambling is a sin against God.
Dacey, who represents the International Humanist and Ethical Union at the United Nations, notes that blasphemy, once a sin against God, has been transformed into a crime against believers' sensibilities.
Our ecclesial leadership sin against the Incarnation by refusing inculturation, for instance, by their rejection of inclusive language.