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

Examples of original sin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The whole idea of a convent is about creating a guilt-free space; a small paradise where the original sin doesn’t exist. Marta Balaga, Variety, 25 Sep. 2021 And our original sin of this pandemic was polarization and lies. NBC News, 5 Sep. 2021 The signs seemed to remind visitors to bend down and retie their shoelaces, perhaps to gather a promising souvenir or two of the original sin in the process. New York Times, 3 Aug. 2021 But then Natasha goes back inside the crashing Red Room base, risking her life once again to free Antonia from the mind control that was keeping her as Taskmaster, undoing the original sin she's always carried around in her heart. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 12 July 2021 The series acknowledges the weight of America's original sin without suffocating itself or the viewer with this realization. Peniel E. Joseph, CNN, 18 May 2021 His entire career is built on the NFL’s original sin of ignoring him until the 199th pick of the 2000 draft. BostonGlobe.com, 20 June 2021 At the center of this web is slavery, the original sin. Judy Berman, Time, 28 May 2021 At the center of this web is slavery, the original sin. Judy Berman, Time, 28 May 2021

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First Known Use of original sin

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Oct 2021

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“Original sin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/original%20sin. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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