sinful

adjective
sin·​ful | \ ˈsin-fəl How to pronounce sinful (audio) \

Definition of sinful

1 : tainted with, marked by, or full of sin : wicked
2 : such as to make one feel guilty a sinful chocolate cake

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Other Words from sinful

sinfully \ ˈsin-​fə-​lē How to pronounce sinful (audio) \ adverb
sinfulness noun

Examples of sinful in a Sentence

It is sinful to steal. chastised by his minister for his sinful behavior
Recent Examples on the Web Delaney was a paternal figure who disabused Baldwin of the notion that jazz was sinful, and played Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller and Bessie Smith for the boy on his scratchy record player. New York Times, "The People James Baldwin Knew," 11 Dec. 2020 Delaney was a paternal figure who disabused Baldwin of the notion that jazz was sinful, and played Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller and Bessie Smith for the boy on his scratchy record player. New York Times, "The People James Baldwin Knew," 11 Dec. 2020 Delaney was a paternal figure who disabused Baldwin of the notion that jazz was sinful, and played Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller and Bessie Smith for the boy on his scratchy record player. New York Times, "Who James Baldwin Knew," 9 Dec. 2020 Handmaids, clad in fiery red, represent sinful carnality and impersonal breeding vessels, who bring children into the world through ritualised rape ceremonies. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "What Message Is Ivanka Trump Trying To Send With This Handmaid’s Tale Dress?," 7 Dec. 2020 There’s nothing sinful about having different needs or desires. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Jana Riess: How do Latter-day Saints deal with conflict and faith crises? Avoidance doesn’t work, expert says.," 26 Nov. 2020 Sweet on You is mouthwatering in more ways than one, a holiday escape as fluffy and sinful as a Christmas pastry. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hot Stuff: October romances bring early holiday cheer," 5 Nov. 2020 The album’s exploration of the sacred and mundane is inspired by Mary Magdalene — a figure who, despite once being framed by the Church as a sinful prostitute, was, as Twigs learned, a healer. Emily J. Lordi Photographs By Liz Johnson Artur, New York Times, "FKA Twigs," 19 Oct. 2020 The network’s orientation, on both the hyperbolic evening shows and the Doocified morning ones, borrows the spirit, if not the prudity, of religious conservatives: the heartland is virtuous, and the liberal city sinful. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "The Remarkable Effectiveness of Pete Buttigieg on Fox News," 15 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of sinful

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Jan 2021

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“Sinful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sinful. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for sinful

sinful

adjective
How to pronounce sinful (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sinful

: wrong according to religious or moral law
: very bad or wicked
informal : extremely enjoyable in a way that makes you feel guilty

sinful

adjective
sin·​ful | \ ˈsin-fəl How to pronounce sinful (audio) \

Kids Definition of sinful

: being or full of sin : wicked

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