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

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 Men were sinful, and the goodness of women was the essential bulwark against the corruption of the world. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 16 July 2022 Sacred Serve, a new gelato company, is making ice cream less sinful. Esha Chhabra, Forbes, 29 June 2022 The main exceptions are two flagrantly sinful women — one is a prostitute wanted for a stabbing; the other is love-crazed to the point of being suicidal — who insist on accompanying him on a pilgrimage. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2022 Many Muslims consider gays and lesbians to be sinful. Jon Gambrell, ajc, 16 June 2022 During debate, some Baptists criticized the consulting firm that conducted the report, Guidepost Solutions, for its recent tweet in support of Pride month, which goes against the SBC's view that homosexuality is sinful. CBS News, 14 June 2022 Christians sometimes say that the Church is made up of people, and people are sinful, so this is going to take place. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 26 May 2022 But letting anger consume your thoughts and actions will only lead you down a sinful path with consequences. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, 1 June 2022 In New York, the story goes that the sloppily sinful sandwich on rye bread was named for the founder of New York's Reuben Restaurant. Terry Ward, CNN, 11 May 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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“Sinful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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sin·​ful | \ ˈsin-fəl How to pronounce sinful (audio) \

Kids Definition of sinful

: being or full of sin : wicked

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