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 But the board maintains that in the case of government housing, interest rates aren’t sinful because the main purpose is to help low-and-middle-income citizens instead of earning interest income. Cagan Koc,, "Turkish Clerics Defy 1,400 Years of Edicts With Home Loan U-Turn," 10 May 2020 During the month, Muslims also are encouraged to abstain from sinful behavior, pray, reflect and read from the Quran. Tony Bravo,, "As Ramadan begins, Bay Area Muslims say sheltering in place will build spirituality," 22 Apr. 2020 The matter of suffrage skipped over the sinful nature of denying voting rights and jumped right to the politics of the matter, said Handley. Annie Gentile,, "Program Marks 100th Anniversary Of Women’s Suffrage," 14 Nov. 2019 While their transgressions rarely strayed beyond sneaking listens to Beatles LPs, church leaders saw a clear and sinful danger. Mark Athitakis, USA TODAY, "A nun with a past investigates church abuse in Olaf Olafsson’s chilly 'The Sacrament'," 4 Dec. 2019 Winchester still has a few made in Japan, which seems a bit sinful. Outdoor Life, "Top 10 Lever-Action Guns of All Time," 5 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of sinful

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

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26 May 2020

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“Sinful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 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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