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

Examples of deadly sin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tax drag of investments is treated as secondary or ignored altogether (not exactly envy, but it’s the only deadly sin left). John Jennings, Forbes, 26 May 2021 The car is green, so any interior color other than brown should be considered one of the seven deadly sins. Car and Driver, 25 Apr. 2020 And so the first domino falls in a trail that will eventually lead to multiple crimes, uncountable misdemeanors, and at least six of the seven deadly sins. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 24 Apr. 2020 The Enneagram itself has ancient, but murky, roots: Some adherents trace it back to a 4th century monk and the same underlying concept as the seven deadly sins. Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2020 In the eyes of the drug industry, however, the Arnolds’ deadliest sin comes in the form of grants worth $19.1 million to the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review. Lev Facher, Scientific American, 27 Nov. 2019 Robbie Williams sang at Deutsche Bank’s global equities party in 2001 while a Bloomberg event in 2000, based around the seven deadly sins, was said to have cost £1m (then nearly $1.5m). The Economist, 1 Dec. 2019 In the eyes of the drug industry, however, the Arnolds’ deadliest sin comes in the form of grants worth $19.1 million to the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review. Lev Facher, Scientific American, 27 Nov. 2019 These days, the seven deadly sins are not all so sinful. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, 2 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of deadly sin

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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