deadly sins


plural noun

the seven sins of pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth.

Nearby words

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  9. deadweight,
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Origin of deadly sins

1300–50; Middle English deedly synnes

Also called seven deadly sins, capital sins.

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British Dictionary definitions for seven deadly sins

seven deadly sins

pl n

a fuller name for the deadly sins

deadly sins

pl n

theol the sins of pride, covetousness, lust, envy, gluttony, anger, and sloth
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Culture definitions for seven deadly sins

seven deadly sins

Widely known in the Middle Ages as sins that lead to damnation. They are: pride, covetousness (greed), lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth. (See mortal sin/venial sin.)

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