original sin

noun

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

First Known Use of original sin

14th century


ORIGINAL SIN Defined for English Language Learners

original sin

noun

Definition of original sin for English Language Learners

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


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