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.
Less guilty than those who have injured one, as in It’s true she took the money but they did owe her quite a bit—in a way she’s more sinned against than sinning. This expression comes from Shakespeare’s King Lear (3:2), where the King, on the heath during a storm, so describes his plight.


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