sinsin1 /sɪn/ ●●○ noun 🔊 🔊 1[countable, uncountable]RRBAD BEHAVIOUR OR ACTIONS an action that is against religiousrules and is considered to be an offence against Godsin of 🔊 the sin of pride 🔊 She needed to confess her sins and ask for forgiveness. 🔊 He knew that he had committed a terrible sin.the seven deadly sins (=seven bad feelings or desires, in the Christian religion)2 →a sin3 →live in sin4 →as miserable/ugly/guilty as sin5 →for my sins → sinful → cover/hide a multitude of sinsat multitude(4), → cardinal sin, mortal sin, original sinCOLLOCATIONSverbscommit a sinHe has committed a grave sin.confess your sinsHe knelt and confessed his sins to God.forgive sinsGod has forgiven all my sins.repent (of) your sins (=be sorry you committed them)I sincerely repent of my sins.phrasesthe seven deadly sins (=seven bad feelings or desires, in the Christian religion, for example greed or too much pride)adjectivesa great sinPossibly the greatest sin you can be guilty of is not speaking out against cruelty or injustice when you see it.a besetting sin literary (=one that you keep committing)Drunkenness was his besetting sin.
sinsin2 verb (sinned, sinning) [intransitive] 🔊 🔊 1RRBAD BEHAVIOUR OR ACTIONSto do something that is against religious rules and is considered to be an offence against Godsin against 🔊 You have sinned against God.2 →be more sinned against than sinning→ See Verb table
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sin• I sinned and brought shame down on all of us.• Paul is saying to an engagedcouple that neither the man nor the woman sins if they marry.• You have sinned, Jimbo, I told myself out loud, but it is never too late to repent.• She had sinned so much, could she ever find salvation?sin against• He has sinned against God.sinsin3 technical 🔊 🔊 the written abbreviation of sine