sin against (someone or something)

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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