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Re: More sinned against than sinning

Posted by ESC on April 14, 2005

In Reply to: Re: More sinned than sinning posted by ESC on April 14, 2005

: : What is meant by "more sinned than sinning"?

: I thought it was: more sinned against than sinning. Or something like that. For example: a young person forced into prostitution by abuse, neglect, etc.

Here you go. From bartleby.com

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition. 2002.
more sinned against than sinning
An expression used of those who, though they may be guilty of wrongdoing, think themselves the victim of a more serious wrong. From William Shakespeare's King Lear.