Seven deadly sins

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Seven deadly sins pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. seofon; Dut. zeven, Ger. sieben, Goth. sibun, Gr. hepta, L. septem.

Usage

In literature:

It was a marvellous spotted thing, as effective as the seven deadly sins.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
Cursed be them that oppress the poor and needy; it is one of the seven deadly sins.
"An Unsocial Socialist" by George Bernard Shaw
That saved your soul from the seven deadly sins.
"Major Barbara" by George Bernard Shaw
As for poor me, I may be guilty of all the seven deadly sins, but I can't see why I should be boycotted on that account.
"The Christian A Story" by Hall Caine
Not that Waddy's a reg'lar washout, or carries a perfect vacuum between the ears, or practices any of the seven deadly sins.
"Torchy As A Pa" by Sewell Ford
I have committed the seven deadly sins.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 100, February, 1866" by Various
The author of the headings was no doubt thinking of the Seven Deadly Sins.
"The Flourishing of Romance and the Rise of Allegory" by George Saintsbury
Sure, it is no sin; Or of the deadly seven it is the least.
"Measure for Measure" by William Shakespeare
Depression might, indeed, well take its place among the seven deadly sins that Dante names.
"The Life Radiant" by Lilian Whiting
It was a marvellous spotted thing, as effective as the seven deadly sins.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
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In poetry:

"And aye at every seven years' end,
Ye'll take him to the linn;
For that's the penance he maun dree,
To scug his deadly sin."
"Young Benjie" by Andrew Lang
Child, child, love while you may,
For life is short as a happy day;
Never fear the thing you feel —
Only by love is life made real;
Love, for the deadly sins are seven,
Only through love will you enter heaven.
"Child, Child" by Sara Teasdale

In news:

The Seven Deadly Sins, Part 2: The Sets.
New York City Ballet (NYCB)'s The Seven Deadly Sins, features sets by Beowulf Boritt.
The Seven Deadly Sins , Part 1: The Lighting.
The Seven Deadly Sins , Part 2: The Sets.
Social Media's Seven Deadly Sins .
Avoid the Seven Deadly Sins of Internal Audit.
Here are seven of the deadly sins of sales management.
The Seven Deadly Sins : Envy.
The Seven Deadly Sins : Wrath.
The seven deadly sins of marketing and sales.
Do you know your Seven Deadly Sins .
"There are seven deadly sins, but only one that keeps you hungry for more".
According to walletpop.com here are the Seven Deadly Sins of Christmas Shopping.
The Dance Factory brings the seven deadly sins to the stage.
We have unveiled the American city that has fallen the farthest from grace in each of the seven deadly sins ( lust, gluttony, avarice, sloth, wrath, envy and pride).
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