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 Historically, Islamic scholars have viewed homosexuality as sinful and many still continue to believe that. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 The idea that America is a uniquely awful, sinful country is every bit as navel-gazing, self-centered, and harmful to the national polity as the conception of the United States as a uniquely good—or even Godly—nation. Parker Richards, The New Republic, 17 Mar. 2022 But simply holding a religious belief that views homosexuality or transgender identity as sinful does not automatically land a church or an organization on the SPLC’s list of hate groups. NBC News, 23 Mar. 2022 Along with his many admirers, Massingale has some vehement critics, such as the conservative Catholic news outlet Church Militant, which depicts his LGBTQ advocacy as sinful. NBC News, 14 Feb. 2022 The ashes, in other words, are a reminder that his triumphant arrival to great acclaim swiftly became his crucifixion, thanks to our sinful nature. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, 2 Mar. 2022 Having originally condemned romantic exclusivity as sinful, over time more of them nevertheless wanted it. Stewart Davenport, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Feb. 2022 Along with his many admirers, Massingale has some vehement critics, such as the conservative Catholic news outlet Church Militant, which depicts his LGBTQ advocacy as sinful. NBC News, 14 Feb. 2022 Along with his many admirers, Massingale has some vehement critics, such as the conservative Catholic news outlet Church Militant, which depicts his LGBTQ advocacy as sinful. Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu, chicagotribune.com, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 May 2022

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“Sinful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sinful. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for sinful

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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