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deadly sins

plural noun
1.
the seven sins of pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth.
Also called seven deadly sins, capital sins.
Origin of deadly sins
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English deedly synnes
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  • He had war to amuse himself with, and the seven deadly sins.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • 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
  • Representatives of the Seven deadly sins are vividly described.

  • I drink, if not to the seven deadly sins in general, at least, in particular to gluttony.

    Luxury-Gluttony: Eugne Sue
  • The three deadly sins of Pride, Covetousness, and Lust had each its victim.

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

    Pandora's Box Frank Wedekind
  • Seven, it is like enough, the painter answered, and deadly sins one and all.

    Devil Stories Various
  • And what about the last of the deadly sins, the sin of sloth?

    Our Lady Saint Mary

    J. G. H. Barry
  • "You both talk as if prayin' was one of the seven deadly sins," he said.

    The Romance of a Christmas Card Kate Douglas Wiggin
British Dictionary definitions for deadly sins

deadly sins

plural noun
1.
(theol) the sins of pride, covetousness, lust, envy, gluttony, anger, and sloth
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