deadly sin


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deadly sin

n. Christianity
One of the seven sins—anger, covetousness, envy, gluttony, lust, pride, and sloth—that are traditionally believed most seriously to endanger one's salvation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.deadly sin - an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace; "theologians list seven mortal sins"
sinning, sin - an act that is regarded by theologians as a transgression of God's will
superbia, pride - unreasonable and inordinate self-esteem (personified as one of the deadly sins)
invidia, envy - spite and resentment at seeing the success of another (personified as one of the deadly sins)
avarice, avaritia, greed, rapacity, covetousness - reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)
acedia, laziness, sloth - apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue (personified as one of the deadly sins)
ire, wrath, anger, ira - belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong (personified as one of the deadly sins)
overeating, gluttony, gula - eating to excess (personified as one of the deadly sins)
luxuria, lust - self-indulgent sexual desire (personified as one of the deadly sins)
Translations
smrtelný hřích
péché capital
smrtni grijeh
References in classic literature ?
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.
Tempted by a dream of happiness, he had yielded himself with deliberate choice, as he had never done before, to what he knew was 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.
In such minds, disregard of religion is a more fearful treason,--a more deadly sin.
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.