deadly sins


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deadly sins

pl n
(Theology) theol the sins of pride, covetousness, lust, envy, gluttony, anger, and sloth

dead′ly sins′


n.pl.
the seven sins of pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth.
[1300–50]
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It was a marvellous spotted thing, as effective as the seven deadly sins.
For pride, she said with great severity, was one of the seven deadly sins, and humility and lowliness of heart were virtues.
Of all these countless allegories none was reiterated with more unwearied persistence than that of the Seven Deadly Sins (those sins which in the doctrine of the Church lead to spiritual death because they are wilfully committed).
Cursed be them that oppress the poor and needy; it is one of the seven deadly sins.
I always say to Ellen: Beware of monotony; it's the mother of all the deadly sins.
She briefly reviewed her life in quest of deadly sins committed, and found them not.
With the aid of a little more coaching for the political sages, a little more genteel listlessness for the general society, and a tolerable management of the assumed honesty in dishonesty, most effective and most patronized of the polite deadly sins, he speedily came to be considered of much promise.
Lord Illingworth told me this morning that there was an orchid there m beautiful as the seven deadly sins.
Pocket-handkerchiefs of OUR calibre would be thought decidedly aristocratic; and aristocracy in Paris, just at that moment, was almost in as bad odor as it is in America, where it ranks as an eighth deadly sin, though no one seems to know precisely what it means.
So defiling was their presence that a true Cistercian might not raise his eyes to their face or touch their finger-tips under ban of church and fear of deadly sin.
One morning, in cool blood, I slipped a noose about its neck and hung it to the limb of a tree; - hung it with the tears streaming from my eyes, and with the bitterest remorse at my heart; - hung it because I knew that it had loved me, and because I felt it had given me no reason of offence; - hung it because I knew that in so doing I was committing a sin - a deadly sin that would so jeopardize my immortal soul as to place it - if such a thing wore possible - even beyond the reach of the infinite mercy of the Most Merciful and Most Terrible God.
Do not forget the deadly sin, do not forget the appointed discovery, do not forget the appointed suffering.