mortal sin

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mortal sin an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace "theologians list seven mortal sins"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Mortal sin such as wilfully violates the divine law and separates the soul from God—seven deadly sins, pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth
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Quotations

  • Theodore Tronchin
    Theodore Tronchin
    “In medicine sins of commission are mortal, sins of omission are venial.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. syn, sinn; Ice. syn-d, Ger. sünde, L. sons.

Usage

In literature:

For me it is a mortal sin to allow my children any longer to remain in their present state.
"Hubert's Wife" by Minnie Mary Lee
Alas for those who die in mortal sin, but happy they conforming to Thy will; for these the second death shall nowise hurt.
"A Child's Book of Saints" by William Canton
Amid the troubles imposed upon me, when they said, I "was in a mortal sin," I had nobody in the world to speak to.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
The mortal body is the scandal of the race and the open label of sin.
"Christ, Christianity and the Bible" by I. M. Haldeman
She never lets her friends forget what poor, sinning mortals they are!
"A Prairie Infanta" by Eva Wilder Brodhead
There was now no mortal sin by which he was not contaminated.
"Pepita Ximenez" by Juan Valera
To neglect his daily offices is a mortal sin, and when he has said them, his priestly duty is at an end.
"The Thread of Gold" by Arthur Christopher Benson
The Pagan gods were devils, and to hold communication with devils was mortal sin and sure damnation.
"Renaissance Fancies and Studies" by Violet Paget (AKA Vernon Lee)
To be unselfish is the mortal sin of politics.
"German Problems and Personalities" by Charles Sarolea
He thinks he has committed a mortal sin.
"Contemporary Russian Novelists" by Serge Persky
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In poetry:

So while within this vale of tears,
Where sins and woes are rife;
Thy words will prove, in coming years,
The gift of mortal life.
"Voice From The South" by Frank Barbour Coffin
'Tis he supports my mortal frame,
My tongue shall speak his praise;
My sins would rouse his wrath to flame,
And yet his wrath delays.
"Hymn 6" by Isaac Watts
Say to Thyself: This mortal being,
So deaf, so blind, so prone to sin,
Has glimpses of Me without seeing
The places where the nails went in.
"Distraction" by Katharine Tynan
Thy hands have made my mortal frame,
Thy Spirit formed my soul within;
Teach me to know thy wondrous name,
And guard me safe from death and sin.
"Psalm 119. last part" by Isaac Watts
On life's rough sea we're tempest-driven
In crazy barks, our canvas riven!
Such is the lot to mortals given
Where sins resort:
But he whose anchor's fixed in heaven
Shall gain the port.
"Epistle To The Rev. J--- B---, Whilst Journeying For The Recovery Of His Health" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
Full many there are, who all tumours can cure,
With most of the ails, which poor mortals endure;
But there's no physician on earth can be found
But Jesus alone, that can cure sin's deep wound.
"Another Piece Of Advice To Sinners To Come To Christ" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Circumstances determine whether or not the act of masturbation is a mortal sin.
SAN FRANCISCO — The commissioner was making his rounds in the green room, shaking hands with Hank Aaron and Cal Ripken Jr, when suddenly he was nose to nose with the ugly face of mortal baseball sin.
The Church strongly urges that Catholics have recourse to confession for all sins — mortal or not.
But what if one has no mortal sins to confess.
Scripture teaches that human nature is good but that our nature has been corrupted by mortality and sin.
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