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original sin

noun

Simple Definition of original sin

  • : the belief taught in Christianity that people will naturally do bad or evil things

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of original sin

  1. 1 :  the state of sin that according to Christian theology characterizes all human beings as a result of Adam's fall

  2. 2 :  a wrong of great magnitude <the original sin of slavery>

14th Century

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14th century


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