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sin

noun [C/U]  /sɪn/ us  
an act of breaking a religious law, or such acts considered together: [C] In most religions, stealing is regarded as a sin. A sin is also anything considered wrong: [C] It is not a sin to drop your kid off at soccer practice and stay in the car to read a book.
sin
verb [I]  /sɪn/ (-nn-) us  
I don't think there's a good way to say I have sinned.
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