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sin

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[ sin ]
/ sɪn /
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noun
verb (used without object), sinned, sin·ning.
to commit a sinful act.
to offend against a principle, standard, etc.
verb (used with object), sinned, sin·ning.
to commit or perform sinfully: He sinned his crimes without compunction.
to bring, drive, etc., by sinning: He sinned his soul to perdition.

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Origin of sin

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First recorded before 900; Middle English noun sinne, sin(e), sen(ne), Old English syn(n) “moral or religious offense, misdeed”; akin to German Sünde, Old Norse synd, Latin sōns (inflectional stem sont- ) “guilty,” literally “that man being the one”; verb derivative of the noun; the Germanic and Latin forms all being present participle forms of the root es- “to be”; see origin at am

synonym study for sin

1, 2. See crime.

OTHER WORDS FROM sin

sinlike, adjectivesin·ning·ly, adverbsin·ning·ness, nounun·sin·ning, adjective

Other definitions for sin (2 of 5)

sin2
[ seen ]
/ sin /

noun
the 22nd letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
the consonant sound represented by this letter.

Origin of sin

2
First recorded in 1895–1900; from Hebrew śīn

Other definitions for sin (3 of 5)

sin

abbreviation Trigonometry.

Other definitions for sin (4 of 5)

Sin
[ seen ]
/ sin /

noun
the Akkadian god of the moon: the counterpart of the Sumerian Nanna.

Other definitions for sin (5 of 5)

sīn
[ seen ]
/ sin /

noun
the 12th letter of the Arabic alphabet.

Origin of sīn

From Arabic
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British Dictionary definitions for sin (1 of 5)

sin1
/ (sɪn) /

noun
theol
  1. transgression of God's known will or any principle or law regarded as embodying this
  2. the condition of estrangement from God arising from such transgressionSee also actual sin, mortal sin, original sin, venial sin
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
verb sins, sinning or sinned (intr)
theol to commit a sin
(usually foll by against) to commit an offence (against a person, principle, etc)

Derived forms of sin

sinner, noun

Word Origin for sin

Old English synn; related to Old Norse synth, Old High German suntea sin, Latin sons guilty

British Dictionary definitions for sin (2 of 5)

sin2
/ (sɪn) /

preposition, conjunction, adverb
a Scot dialect word for since

British Dictionary definitions for sin (3 of 5)

sin3
/ (siːn) /

noun
a variant of shin, the 21st letter in the Hebrew alphabet (שׂ), transliterated as SSee shin 2

British Dictionary definitions for sin (4 of 5)

sin4
/ (saɪn) maths /

abbreviation for
sine

British Dictionary definitions for sin (5 of 5)

SIN

S.I.N.


abbreviation for (in Canada)
social insurance number
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Scientific definitions for sin

sin

Abbreviation of sine
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Other Idioms and Phrases with sin

sin

see live in sin; more sinned against than sinning; multitude of sins; ugly as sin; wages of sin.

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