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 sinfully (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 Any attempt at, or pretence of, doing so, is pointless, self-destructive, and sinful. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "The Chilling Case of Dr. Mackereth," 8 Oct. 2019 But reasonable people could disagree on whether guns and gambling are good fun, and that smoking and drinking are sinful. Michael Taylor,, "Taylor: Investing based on social values? Prepare for a letdown," 30 Dec. 2019 The basket is also filled with indulgences such as Lindt chocolates, Dolcetto wafers, and other sinful treats. Alicia Cypress, USA TODAY, "15 awesome gift ideas for people who love wine," 9 Dec. 2019 Unless this is some perversion of that sinful between-meals indulgence. Sanaya Chandar, Quartz India, "Woke, lit, snacc: When GenZ lingo stumped our resident elder millennial," 6 Dec. 2019 His mother responded that being gay was a sinful choice, but through the course of the memoir — which stretches from the steps of the Supreme Court to San Antonio, Texas — Black and his mother manage to heal their fractured relationship. Gwen Aviles, NBC News, "10 LGBTQ memoirs to read for National Memoir Writing Month," 22 Nov. 2019 These days, the seven deadly sins are not all so sinful. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "The Service That Makes Shame a Productivity Hack," 2 Dec. 2019 The most sinful city in the U.S. shouldn’t come as a surprise. Leada Gore |, al, "This is the most sinful city in Alabama," 26 Nov. 2019 Death by suicide has been considered sinful by the Catholic Church and other religions for centuries, but the church has softened its stance in recent decades. CBS News, "Woman sues over priest who criticized son's suicide at funeral: "Why would you make it even worse?"," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of sinful

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

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21 Jan 2020

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“Sinful.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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


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

Kids Definition of sinful

: being or full of sin : wicked

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