[ sin-fuhl ]
/ 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sinfully


/ (ˈsɪnfʊl) /


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 sinfully



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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