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sin 1

1. A transgression of a religious or moral law, especially when deliberate.
2. Theology
a. Deliberate disobedience to the known will of God.
b. A condition of estrangement from God resulting from such disobedience.
3. Something regarded as being shameful, deplorable, or utterly wrong.
intr.v. sinned, sin·ning, sins
To violate a religious or moral law.
live in sin
To cohabit in a sexual relationship without being married.
as sin
Completely or extremely: He is guilty as sin.

[Middle English sinne, from Old English synn; see es- in Indo-European roots.]

sin 2

 (sēn, sĭn)
One of the two forms of the 21st letter of the Hebrew alphabet, distinguished from the letter shin by having a dot above the left side of the letter. See Table at alphabet.

[Hebrew śîn, modeled on šîn, shin (the following letter).]

sin 3



n. Mythology
The Babylonian god of the moon.

[Akkadian Sîn.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sinning - an act that is regarded by theologians as a transgression of God's will
evildoing, transgression - the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle; "the boy was punished for the transgressions of his father"
fall - a lapse into sin; a loss of innocence or of chastity; "a fall from virtue"
actual sin - a sin committed of your own free will (as contrasted with original sin)
original sin - a sin said to be inherited by all descendants of Adam; "Adam and Eve committed the original sin when they ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden"
deadly sin, mortal sin - an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace; "theologians list seven mortal sins"
venial sin - a pardonable sin regarded as entailing only a partial loss of grace
Adj.1.sinning - transgressing a moral or divine law; "if it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most sinning soul alive"- Shakespeare
offending - offending against or breaking a law or rule; "contracts offending against the statute were canceled"
References in classic literature ?
If the poets speak truly, why then we had better be unjust, and offer of the fruits of injustice; for if we are just, although we may escape the vengeance of heaven, we shall lose the gains of injustice; but, if we are unjust, we shall keep the gains, and by our sinning and praying, and praying and sinning, the gods will be propitiated, and we shall not be punished.
WE are all inclined to sinning, even though we know that it is wrong.
God's grace--reckless love that is healing, and empowering--brings us out of the depths of sinning and into our authentic selves.