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sin

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noun \ˈsin\

Definition of sin

  1. 1a :  an offense against religious or moral lawb :  an action that is or is felt to be highly reprehensible <it's a sin to waste food>c :  an often serious shortcoming :  fault

  2. 2a :  transgression of the law of Godb :  a vitiated state of human nature in which the self is estranged from God



Origin and Etymology of sin

Middle English sinne, from Old English synn; akin to Old High German sunta sin and probably to Latin sont-, sons guilty, est is — more at is


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of sin

offense, resentment, umbrage, pique, dudgeon, huff mean an emotional response to or an emotional state resulting from a slight or indignity. offense implies hurt displeasure <takes deep offense at racial slurs>. resentment suggests lasting indignation or ill will <harbored a lifelong resentment of his brother>. umbrage may suggest hurt pride, resentment, or suspicion of another's motives <took umbrage at the offer of advice>. pique applies to a transient feeling of wounded vanity <in a pique I foolishly declined the invitation>. dudgeon suggests an angry fit of indignation <stormed out of the meeting in high dudgeon>. huff implies a peevish short-lived spell of anger usually at a petty cause <in a huff he slammed the door>.

offense, sin, vice, crime, scandal mean a transgression of law. offense applies to the infraction of any law, rule, or code <at that school no offense went unpunished>. sin implies an offense against moral or religious law <the sin of blasphemy>. vice applies to a habit or practice that degrades or corrupts <regarded gambling as a vice>. crime implies a serious offense punishable by the law of the state <the crime of murder>. scandal applies to an offense that outrages the public conscience <a career ruined by a sex scandal>.

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sin

intransitive verb

Simple Definition of sin

  • : to do something that is considered wrong according to religious or moral law : to commit a sin

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sin

sinned

sinning

  1. 1 :  to commit a sin

  2. 2 :  to commit an offense or fault

Examples of sin in a sentence

  1. Forgive me, for I have sinned.

  2. <bless me, Father, for I have sinned>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of sin

before 12th century

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms


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sin

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noun \ˈsēn, ˈsin\

Definition of sin

  1. :  the 21st letter of the Hebrew alphabet — see alphabet table



Origin and Etymology of sin

Hebrew śin


First Known Use: circa 1823

Other Alphabet Terms


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sin

abbreviation

Definition of sin

  1. sine





SIN Defined for Kids

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sin

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noun \ˈsin\

Definition of sin for Students

  1. 1 :  an action that breaks a religious law

  2. 2 :  an action that is or is felt to be bad <Wasting food is a sin.>




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sin

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verb

Definition of sin for Students

sinned

sinning

  1. :  to do something that breaks a religious law or is felt to be bad

sinner

\ˈsi-nər\ noun




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