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 sinfulness

Historical Examples of sinfulness

  • In my sinfulness I merit bitter disappointment, and I accept it.'

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • He remained alive, and blessed are those who live, if it is only to a sense of sinfulness.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • He was full of an overwhelming sense of his own wretchedness and sinfulness.

  • They were a special plague sent by God for their sinfulness.'

    The War in South Africa

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Its sinfulness will be shown by the contrast with the Christ-life.

British Dictionary definitions for sinfulness



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 sinfulness



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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