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 formssin·ful·ly, adverbsin·ful·ness, nounun·sin·ful, adjectiveun·sin·ful·ly, adverbun·sin·ful·ness, noun

Synonyms for sinful Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sinful

Contemporary Examples of sinful

Historical Examples of sinful

  • 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?

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

    Father Sergius

    Leo Tolstoy

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

    Father Sergius

    Leo Tolstoy

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



British Dictionary definitions for sinful



having committed or tending to commit sina sinful person
characterized by or being a sina sinful act
Derived Formssinfully, adverbsinfulness, 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.

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