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[sin-fuh l] /ˈsɪn fəl/
characterized by, guilty of, or full of sin; wicked:
a sinful life.
Origin of sinful
before 900; Middle English; Old English synfull. See sin1, -ful
Related forms
sinfully, adverb
sinfulness, noun
unsinful, adjective
unsinfully, adverb
unsinfulness, noun
iniquitous, depraved, evil, immoral, corrupt. Unabridged
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  • She had to sacrifice her sinful and shameful affections; no more.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Do you not begin to feel prayer is really the help for this sinful world?

  • Why does the whole world, with all its delights, exist if it is sinful and must be renounced?

    Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy
  • I am not a devil, but only a sinful woman who has lost her way, not figuratively but literally!'

    Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy
  • He fled in fear the fatal scourge, seeking shelter, a sinful man, and entered in.

    Beowulf Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for sinful


having committed or tending to commit sin: a sinful person
characterized by or being a sin: a sinful act
Derived Forms
sinfully, adverb
sinfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sinful

Old English synnfull "full of sin, wicked, unholy, contrary to the laws of God;" see sin (n.) + -ful. Weakened sense of "contrary to propriety or decency" is from 1863. Related: Sinfully; sinfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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