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 Menu items range from healthy to sinful, offering a nice variety for diners. Mary Colurso |, al, "Things to see and do in Wetumpka, the Alabama city featured on ‘Home Town Takeover’," 6 May 2021 Sometimes those stories just so happen to involve singing, sinful pirate robots. Los Angeles Times, "Disneyland’s reopening: Why it matters and what to pay attention to when you return," 30 Apr. 2021 Why, these extremists abhor the very idea that Hutchinson would want to protect sinful perverts with a hate-crime law. John Brummett, Arkansas Online, "Wanted: Change of culture," 25 Apr. 2021 Deadline broke the news that The Giver writer Michael Mitnick has been tapped by Disney and The Jim Henson Company to pen a biopic about too-good-for-this-sinful-earth Muppet creator Jim Henson. Bethy Squires, Vulture, "A Jim Henson Biopic Is in the Works at Disney," 21 Apr. 2021 Daniels would have considered these actions sinful in his previous life, and, briefly, doubt grips him. Colin Asher, The New Republic, "When Richard Wright Broke With the Communists," 19 Apr. 2021 So will central themes such as the enduring sting of antisemitism and the push-pull between the sacred and the sinful. Washington Post, "With ‘Antiquities,’ Cynthia Ozick is as vibrant on the page as ever," 16 Apr. 2021 The Haunted Mansion is an equalizer, an attraction that laughs at our limited time on Earth and then gives us a swinging wake that pokes fun at our sinful ways. Todd Martens Game Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion updates reveal that a purr-fect idea never dies," 12 Apr. 2021 Maybe the most uninhibited MC of all-time, Simmons was a lawless genius who toed the lie between the saintly and sinful, and inspired a legion of others such as Kendrick Lamar. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, "There Will Never Be Another Rap Icon Like DMX," 9 Apr. 2021

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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 2021

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“Sinful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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