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 sinfully (audio) \ adverb
sinfulness noun

Examples of sinful in a Sentence

It is sinful to steal. chastised by his minister for his sinful behavior

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Don't lecture on the value of life or whether suicide is viewed by some as a sinful, selfish or angry act. al, "Investigators seek people who talked to man who died in suicide," 1 Aug. 2019 People have noted that biblically, the four horsemen are sent by God to unleash wrath upon the sinful, but Kennedy probably meant it as an insult. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "The #SquadGoals Message of Hope," 31 July 2019 Don't lecture on the value of life or whether suicide is viewed by some as a sinful, selfish or angry act. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al.com, "Ex-Madison County sheriff’s deputy who resigned over anti-gay comments hired as Owens Cross Roads officer," 9 July 2019 But at 1,756 calories, a serving of deep-fried mac and cheese is universally recognized as the definition of sinful. Time, "The Strange Allure of State Fair Food," 11 July 2019 It oppressive and sinful to deny women that opportunity. al.com, "Two Baptist men debate: Should women preach on Sunday?," 10 June 2019 Many Republican voters are religious conservatives who oppose gay rights and are receptive to the idea that being gay is a learned, sinful lifestyle, according to online critics of conversion therapy. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "While state ignores gay 'conversion therapy,' Huntington Woods bans it," 5 June 2019 Don't lecture on the value of life or whether suicide is viewed by some as a sinful, selfish or angry act. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al.com, "Ex-Madison County sheriff’s deputy who resigned over anti-gay comments hired as Owens Cross Roads officer," 9 July 2019 Don't lecture on the value of life or whether suicide is viewed by some as a sinful, selfish or angry act. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al.com, "Body found hanged from tree near Fairhope in possible suicide," 10 June 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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The first known use of sinful was before the 12th century

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sinful

adjective

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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