noun \ˈsin\

Definition of SIN

a :  an offense against religious or moral law
b :  an action that is or is felt to be highly reprehensible <it's a sin to waste food>
c :  an often serious shortcoming :  fault
a :  transgression of the law of God
b :  a vitiated state of human nature in which the self is estranged from God

Origin 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>.

Rhymes with SIN


intransitive verb

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


Full Definition of SIN

:  to commit a sin
:  to commit an offense or fault

Examples of SIN

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

First Known Use of SIN

before 12th century

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, avatar, gnosticism, illuminati, ineffable, karma, koan, mantra


noun \ˈsēn, ˈsin\

Definition of SIN

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

Origin of SIN

Hebrew śin
First Known Use: circa 1823

Other Alphabet Terms

cuneiform, linear, minuscule, pictograph, rune, symbology, wedge



Definition of SIN

SINNED Defined for Kids


noun \ˈsin\

Definition of SIN for Kids

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



Definition of SIN for Kids

:  to do something that breaks a religious law or is felt to be bad
sin·ner \ˈsi-nər\ noun


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