deadly sin

noun

Definition of deadly sin 

: one of seven sins of pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth held to be fatal to spiritual progress

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It was based on the 14th-Century’s seven deadly sins, and sent chills down the spines of viewers and critics alike. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "Are these 7 deadly workplace sins robbing you of your creativity?," 21 Apr. 2018 But bad at the basic seven deadly sins: Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, Pride. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "What makes Florida the most sinful state? Where do we begin? | Miami Herald," 21 Feb. 2018 Yet the tone betrays neither effort nor arrogance — pride being a deadly sin for comedy. Teo Bugbee, New York Times, "Review: Excellence Pursued in ‘Paddington 2’," 10 Jan. 2018 Tracy is murdered by John Doe (Kevin Spacey), a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins to pick victims. Ryan Parker, Billboard, "Gwyneth Paltrow Wins Halloween with Spoiler Alert 'Seven' Costume," 30 Oct. 2017 Tracy is murdered by John Doe (Kevin Spacey), a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins to pick victims. Ryan Parker, Billboard, "Gwyneth Paltrow Wins Halloween with Spoiler Alert 'Seven' Costume," 30 Oct. 2017 Tracy is murdered by John Doe (Kevin Spacey), a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins to pick victims. Ryan Parker, Billboard, "Gwyneth Paltrow Wins Halloween with Spoiler Alert 'Seven' Costume," 30 Oct. 2017 Tracy is murdered by John Doe (Kevin Spacey), a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins to pick victims. Ryan Parker, Billboard, "Gwyneth Paltrow Wins Halloween with Spoiler Alert 'Seven' Costume," 30 Oct. 2017 Tracy is murdered by John Doe (Kevin Spacey), a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins to pick victims. Ryan Parker, Billboard, "Gwyneth Paltrow Wins Halloween with Spoiler Alert 'Seven' Costume," 30 Oct. 2017

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13th century, in the meaning defined above

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deadly sin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of deadly sin

: one of seven sins that in the Christian religion are considered to be very serious and are believed to cause other sins

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