original sin

noun
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

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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First Known Use of original sin

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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


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