mark of Cain
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- And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
- A stigma of shame
2009 September 28, Seumas Milne, “No Progress for New Labour”, The Guardian:
- ... leader with "no guts to take on his own party" – the ultimate mark of Cain in the Blairite world view.