sin against

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.
See also: sin
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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.
You alone I will never harm, however you sin against me; this I swear.
Then they poured wine from the mixing-bowl into the cups, and prayed to the everlasting gods, saying, Trojans and Achaeans among one another, "Jove, most great and glorious, and ye other everlasting gods, grant that the brains of them who shall first sin against their oaths--of them and their children--may be shed upon the ground even as this wine, and let their wives become the slaves of strangers.
But I must confess one sin against you--I love you.
And surely not bad men, whether cowards or any others, who do the reverse of what we have just been prescribing, who scold or mock or revile one another in drink or out of in drink or, or who in any other manner sin against themselves and their neighbours in word or deed, as the manner of such is.
And if two beings thrown together, mutually attracted, resist the necessity, fail in understanding and voluntarily stop short of the--the embrace, in the noblest meaning of the word, then they are committing a sin against life, the call of which is simple.
All sins, except a sin against itself, Love should forgive.
He may commit a sin against society, and yet realise through that sin his true perfection.
And now, Athenians, I am not going to argue for my own sake, as you may think, but for yours, that you may not sin against the God by condemning me, who am his gift to you.
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.
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.
Vertical reconciliation emphasizes God's power to forgive us when we sin against Him.