cardinal sin


Definition of cardinal sin

  1. :  a very bad or serious sin in Christianity —often used figuratively or humorously <Giving false information is a cardinal sin in news reporting.> <He committed the cardinal sin of criticizing his boss.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a high ecclesiastical (see ecclesiastical 1) official of the Roman Catholic Church who ranks next below the pope and is appointed by him to assist him as a member of the college (see college 4) of cardinals

    :  cardinal number

    :  a crested finch (Cardinalis cardinalis of the family Cardinalidae) of the eastern U.S. and adjacent Canada, the southwestern U.S., and Mexico to Belize which has a black face and heavy red bill in both sexes and is nearly completely red in the male

  1. :  of basic importance

    :  very serious or grave

  1. :  an offense against religious or moral law

    :  an action that is or is felt to be highly reprehensible

    :  an often serious shortcoming :  fault

  1. :  to commit a sin

    :  to commit an offense or fault

  1. : sine

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