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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For 20-30 enslaved Africans, that journey took them to the shores of the Virginia colony, launching America's original sin in August 1619. Alan Davies, USA TODAY, "Experience the harrowing journey of the first enslaved Africans to land in America," 21 Aug. 2019 It’s past time to connect the dots of America’s original sin to the black resistance of today. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "Commentary: Reframing American history — New York Times series on slavery should become required reading," 20 Aug. 2019 Despite Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw being fully positioned as a hero in Hobbs & Shaw, screenwriter Chris Morgan promises that the Fast & Furious franchise won’t forget his original sin: killing our beloved Han. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "Hobbs & Shaw writer promises that justice for Han is coming," 30 July 2019 The American South is the home of America’s original sin. David French, National Review, "The South Is a Pro-Life Stronghold," 11 July 2019 Boykins’ removal, along with the fact that the recordings were never released, have been seen as a kind of original sin for Buttigieg’s mayoralty among some black residents. Matt Pearce, latimes.com, "Black residents of South Bend unload on Mayor Pete Buttigieg," 23 June 2019 Boykins' removal, along with the fact that the recordings were never released, have been seen as a kind of original sin for Buttigieg's mayoralty among some black residents. Matt Pearce, Anchorage Daily News, "Black residents of South Bend unload on Mayor Pete Buttigieg," 23 June 2019 Our societies did not begin that way, and that is our original sin. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Why I’m No Longer Talking to Anyone about Anything," 13 June 2019 Adultery is not a very original sin, even in the White House. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "If Trump Were a Poet, He’d Be Rudyard Kipling," 26 Dec. 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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