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deadly sins

plural noun
the seven sins of pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth.
Also called seven deadly sins, capital sins.
Origin of deadly sins
1300-50; Middle English deedly synnes Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The lusts of the flesh were the most deadly sins, absolute chastity the most pleasing to God of all virtues.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • He had war to amuse himself with, and the seven deadly sins.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • I believe that even if I had committed all the seven deadly sins, I should have more than expiated them all in that awful hour.

  • Now shall I prove how a hunter may not fall into any of the seven deadly sins.

    The Master of Game Second Duke of York, Edward
  • He passes on to the seven deadly sins which were apparently studied in the seminary where this priest of Venus learnt theology.

  • But the man's got to have the seven deadly sins on his forehead, or she honors him not.

    Pandora's Box Frank Wedekind
  • “The heathen wench does look like the seven deadly sins for enticement,” agreed Don Diego and made the sign of the cross.

    The Flute of the Gods Marah Ellis Ryan
  • And what about the last of the deadly sins, the sin of sloth?

    Our Lady Saint Mary J. G. H. Barry
  • But Confucianism with its great merits has committed many “deadly sins,” and of those sins it must ultimately suffer the penalty.

    Village Life in China Arthur H. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for deadly sins

deadly sins

plural noun
(theol) the sins of pride, covetousness, lust, envy, gluttony, anger, and sloth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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