mark of Cain

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mark of Cain the mark that God set upon Cain now refers to a person's sinful nature
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Usage

In literature:

Disfranchise them, and the mark of Cain is set upon them less mercifully than upon the first murderer, for no man was to hurt him.
"The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 1995, Memorial Issue" by Various
On that open countenance there is no mark of Cain.
"The Twin Hells" by John N. Reynolds
But a mark like that of Cain was upon him.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Even there the curse of Cain set its mark.
"The Education of Henry Adams" by Henry Adams
He reeled and nearly fell and recovered himself and ran on, but the little stone had put the mark of Cain upon him.
"The Light in the Clearing" by Irving Bacheller
They've put the mark of Cain on me.
"A Little Book for Christmas" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
The law places the mark of Cain upon him.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
He used to call himself Cain, and to try to tear the murderer's mark out of his forehead.
"The One Moss-Rose" by P. B. Power
I saw it in the moonlight, marking him as with the brand of Cain.
"The Bishop's Secret" by Fergus Hume
Throughout the whole East Burr became a man marked with the brand of Cain.
"A History of the United States" by Cecil Chesterton
As he stood before the closed door of what had once been his home, it seemed to him that a mark more fearful than that of Cain was upon him.
"The Orphans of Glen Elder" by Margaret Murray Robertson
My father has put the mark of Cain upon my brow; a mark that can never be effaced.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
Undoubtedly on the morning of creation God marked out the way a man might come to Him; and Abel walked in God's way, and Cain in his own.
"Wondrous Love" by Dwight Moody
Tell me, what mark of Cain do I bear that all men follow me?
"Roses: Four One-Act Plays" by Hermann Sudermann
It pinches so, and in the Buccaneer's island it was as the mark of Cain.
"The Life of a Celebrated Buccaneer" by Richard Clynton
Though he never strike a blow, he bears the mark of Cain.
"Religion and the War" by Various
Cain, it seems, wore this mark of security.
"Religion In The Heavens" by Logan Mitchell
I can take out the mark of Cain, and give you back to peace and happiness.
"Agincourt" by G. P. R. (George Payne Rainsford) James
I fancy that is what the Scriptures meant by the mark of Cain.
"Langford of the Three Bars" by Kate Boyles
In a word, he was not yet branded with the mark of Cain.
"The Orange Girl" by Walter Besant
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In poetry:

With ashen bread and wine of tears
Shall I be solaced in my pain.
I wear through black and endless years
Upon my brow the mark of Cain.
"The Fourth Shepherd" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
The primal mark is on her face,
The chattel-stamp,the pariah-stain
That follows still her hunted race,­
The curse without the crime of Cain.
"Avis" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Herman Cain's craggy-faced Chief of Staff Mark Block took a drag off a cigarette, blew smoke at the camera and sent the political class into coughing fits.
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