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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.
God's grace--reckless love that is healing, and empowering--brings us out of the depths of sinning and into our authentic selves.
2) These are sinning out of strength; sinning against our relational nature; the relationship among goodness, rightness, and objective and subjective sin; and structural sin.