tree of knowledge of good and evil


noun

the tree in the Garden of Eden bearing the forbidden fruit that was tasted by Adam and Eve. Gen. 2:17; 3:6–24.

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Also called tree of knowledge.

Origin of tree of knowledge of good and evil

First recorded in 1525–35

Words nearby tree of knowledge of good and evil

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British Dictionary definitions for tree of knowledge of good and evil

tree of knowledge of good and evil

noun

Old Testament the tree in the Garden of Eden bearing the forbidden fruit that Adam and Eve ate, thus incurring loss of primal innocence (Genesis 2:9; 3:2–7)
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Cultural definitions for tree of knowledge of good and evil

tree of knowledge of good and evil

A tree in the Garden of Eden, the fruit of which God forbade Adam and Eve to eat.

notes for tree of knowledge of good and evil

They did eat the forbidden fruit, and their disobedience brought about the Fall of Man.
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