deadly sins


plural noun

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

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 (1 of 2)

seven deadly sins


pl n

a fuller name for the deadly sins

British Dictionary definitions for seven deadly sins (2 of 2)

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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