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

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



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Wrongdoing, particularly the breaking of moral or religious rules. In the Hebrew scriptures, sin is viewed as a hatred of God or defiance of his commandments. The New Testament regards sinfulness as the inherent state of humanity, which Jesus came into the world to heal. Christian theologians divide sin into actual and original sin. Actual sin, consisting of evil acts, words, and deeds, is in turn divided into mortal sin, in which the perpetrator deliberately turns away from God, and venial sin, a less serious transgression committed without full awareness of wrongdoing. In Islam, sin is a straying from God's path; the prophets were sent to guide people back to the true path. In Hinduism and Buddhism, the good and evil deeds one commits in this life affect one's rebirth in the next.


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