sinful

adjective sin·ful \ ˈsin-fəl \

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

sinfully

play \ˈsin-fə-lē\ adverb

sinfulness

noun

Examples of sinful in a Sentence

  1. It is sinful to steal.

  2. chastised by his minister for his sinful behavior

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First Known Use of sinful

before 12th century

sinful Synonyms

Synonyms
black, dark, evil, immoral, iniquitous, nefarious, rotten, bad, unethical, unlawful, unrighteous, unsavory, vicious, vile, villainous, wicked, wrong
Antonyms
decent, ethical, good, honest, honorable, just, moral, right, righteous, sublime, upright, virtuous
Related Words
base, contemptible, despicable, dirty, disreputable, evil-minded, ignoble, ill, infernal, low, mean, snide, sordid; atrocious, cruel, infamous, nasty; blamable, blameworthy, censurable, objectionable, obscene, offensive, reprehensible; corrupt, debased, debauched, degenerate, depraved, dissolute, libertine, loose, low-minded, perverted, reprobate, scrofulous, sick, unhealthy; cursed (also curst), cussed, defiling, noxious, pernicious, pestilential, ugly, ungodly, unwholesome; banned, barred, condemned, discouraged, forbidden, illegal, interdicted, outlawed, prohibited, proscribed, unauthorized, unclean; disallowed; execrable, lousy, miserable, wretched; errant, erring, fallen, unprincipled, unscrupulous; improper, incorrect, indecent, indecorous, naughty, unbecoming, unseemly, vulgar; dishonest, dishonorable
Near Antonyms
elevated, high, high-minded, law-abiding, legitimate, lofty, noble, principled, reputable, scrupulous; allowed, authorized, legal, licensed, permissible, permitted; approved, endorsed (also indorsed), sanctioned; abetted, encouraged, promoted, supported; clean, correct, decent, decorous, exemplary, proper, seemly; blameless, commendable, creditable, guiltless, legitimate; chaste, immaculate, incorruptible, innocent, inoffensive, irreproachable, lily-white, perfect, pure, spotless, squeaky-clean, uncorrupted, unerring, unfallen, unobjectionable, venerable, white, wholesome; esteemed, respected, upstanding, worthy

SINFUL Defined for English Language Learners

sinful

adjective

Definition of sinful for English Language Learners

  • : wrong according to religious or moral law

  • : very bad or wicked

  • : extremely enjoyable in a way that makes you feel guilty


SINFUL Defined for Kids

sinful

adjective sin·ful \ ˈsin-fəl \

Definition of sinful for Students

:being or full of sin :wicked


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