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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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Examples from the Web for sinfulness
Historical Examples
  • In my sinfulness I merit bitter disappointment, and I accept it.'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • He remained alive, and blessed are those who live, if it is only to a sense of sinfulness.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • He was full of an overwhelming sense of his own wretchedness and sinfulness.

    Short Studies on Great Subjects James Anthony Froude
  • They were a special plague sent by God for their sinfulness.'

    The War in South Africa

    Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Its sinfulness will be shown by the contrast with the Christ-life.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

    Alexander Maclaren
  • His love and power are more than thy slowness and sinfulness.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • How, then, is he to blame mankind for inheriting "sinfulness" from their first parents?

    Elsie Venner Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • They were never quite settled on the point of the sinfulness of the pleasure.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas
  • There are follies that are to be laughed out of their silliness and sinfulness.

  • Ah, Mr. Dale, when one thinks of the sinfulness there is in this life!

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for sinfulness


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sinfulness



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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