original sin


Definition of original sin

1 : the state of sin that according to Christian theology characterizes all human beings as a result of Adam's fall
2 : a wrong of great magnitude the original sin of slavery

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Her predilection for terrible ideas only flowed from this original sin. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Season Two Wants You to Forget About Season One," 18 Jan. 2019 The stability of the period between the end of Reconstruction and the 1980s was rooted in an original sin: the Compromise of 1877 and its aftermath, which permitted the de-democratization of the South and the consolidation of Jim Crow. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The political tribalism of Andrew Sullivan," 11 Dec. 2018 In the vision, Jesus told Moon that he was crucified before completing his mission on earth and that the only way to erase original sin was to unite all the world's religions. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "What It's Like to Grow Up in a Cult," 31 Oct. 2018 Photo: Ian Vogler/WPA Pool/Getty Images Related Mrs. May’s laying out of her red lines in a speech in October 2016 is widely viewed as one of her original sins, hemming in the U.K.’s negotiating position in the subsequent two years. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Simple but Undefined Brexit Question Leads to Reckoning for U.K.’s May," 16 Nov. 2018 From an environmental perspective, the original sin of the Clean Air Act (at least the 1970 and 1990 amendments to the CAA) was grandfathering. David Roberts, Vox, "The 6 things you most need to know about Trump’s new climate plan," 24 Aug. 2018 To borrow Cheryl’s words, the Blossom family committed Riverdale’s original sin: the genocide of an indigenous people in order to steal and profit from their land. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "The Best "Riverdale" Season 3 Fan Theories, According to Reddit," 1 Oct. 2018 Both the university and the public thought was his original sin. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Chris Webber ready to return to Michigan, despite wounds still not healed," 29 June 2018 Charleston, South Carolina has formally apologized for its role in America's original sin: slavery. Paula Rogo, Essence.com, "Charleston, South Carolina Formally Apologizes For Its Role in Slavery," 21 June 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of original sin

: the belief taught in Christianity that people will naturally do bad or evil things

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