- transgression of divine law: the sin of Adam.
- any act regarded as such a transgression, especially a willful or deliberate violation of some religious or moral principle.
- any reprehensible or regrettable action, behavior, lapse, etc.; great fault or offense: It's a sin to waste time.
- to commit a sinful act.
- to offend against a principle, standard, etc.
- to commit or perform sinfully: He sinned his crimes without compunction.
- to bring, drive, etc., by sinning: He sinned his soul to perdition.
Origin of sin1
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- the 22nd letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
- the consonant sound represented by this letter.
Origin of sin2
- the 12th letter of the Arabic alphabet.
Origin of sīn
- the Akkadian god of the moon: the counterpart of the Sumerian Nanna.
- Symbol, Trigonometry. arc sine.
Examples from the Web for sin
My understanding was that according to most Christian beliefs, being trans or gay was a sin, cut and dry.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen
January 1, 2015
Essentially, Pope Francis is urging Christians to “love the sinner, but hate the sin.”Is Pope Francis Backpedaling on Gays?
November 19, 2014
In March 2013 in Washington, D.C., Seth Bender got in the Uber he ordered and shortly thereafter committed the sin of burping.The Ten Worst Uber Horror Stories
November 19, 2014
Hayward lives with her boyfriend, “so I am dealing as a woman ‘living in sin,’” she says with a laugh.Thank God! To the Church, This Transgender Woman Is Just a Skank
October 22, 2014
Another bishop was apparently disheartened to find the word “sin” appear only once in the entire document.Catholic Church Says It’s OK to be Gay, Sort Of
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 17, 2014
Or is there really no sin but in thought, and are our sleeping thoughts incapable of sin?Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
They were sick-and so were the purest of their brethren—with the plague of sin.The New Adam and Eve (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Do not let this great and disastrous fall sink you into lower depths of sin.
Sin brings its punishment, and it is hard work, bearing its burden!
Never before had he seen his sin in the light in which it was now revealed by God's Word.
- any serious offence, as against a religious or moral principle
- any offence against a principle or standard
- live in sin informal (of an unmarried couple) to live together
- theol to commit a sin
- (usually foll by against) to commit an offence (against a person, principle, etc)
- a Scot dialect word for since
- a variant of shin, the 21st letter in the Hebrew alphabet (שׂ), transliterated as SSee shin 2
- social insurance number
Word Origin and History for sin
Old English synn "moral wrongdoing, injury, mischief, enmity, feud, guilt, crime, offense against God, misdeed," from Proto-Germanic *sun(d)jo- "sin" (cf. Old Saxon sundia, Old Frisian sende, Middle Dutch sonde, Dutch zonde, German Sünde "sin, transgression, trespass, offense," extended forms), probably ultimately "it is true," i.e. "the sin is real" (cf. Gothic sonjis, Old Norse sannr "true"), from PIE *snt-ya-, a collective form from *es-ont- "becoming," present participle of root *es- "to be" (see is).
The semantic development is via notion of "to be truly the one (who is guilty)," as in Old Norse phrase verð sannr at "be found guilty of," and the use of the phrase "it is being" in Hittite confessional formula. The same process probably yielded the Latin word sons (genitive sontis) "guilty, criminal" from present participle of sum, esse "to be, that which is." Some etymologists believe the Germanic word was an early borrowing directly from the Latin genitive. Cf. also sooth.
Sin-eater is attested from 1680s. To live in sin "cohabit without marriage" is from 1838; used earlier in a more general sense. Ice hockey slang sin bin "penalty box" is attested from 1950.
Old English syngian "to commit sin, transgress, err," from synn (see sin (n.)); the form influenced by the noun. Cf. Old Saxon sundion, Old Frisian sendigia, Middle Dutch sondighen, Dutch zondigen, Old High German sunteon, German sündigen "to sin." Form altered from Middle English sunigen by influence of the noun.
- Abbreviation of sine