• WordNet 3.6
    • v sin commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law
    • v sin commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake "I blundered during the job interview"
    • n sin an act that is regarded by theologians as a transgression of God's will
    • n sin violent and excited activity "they began to fight like sin"
    • n sin estrangement from god
    • n sin the 21st letter of the Hebrew alphabet
    • n Sin (Akkadian) god of the Moon; counterpart of Sumerian Nanna
    • n sin ratio of the length of the side opposite the given angle to the length of the hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: To be born on Sunday was considered a sign of great sin during the Puritan times
    • Sin A sin offering; a sacrifice for sin. "He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin."
    • Sin An embodiment of sin; a very wicked person. "Thy ambition,
      Thou scarlet sin , robbed this bewailing land
      Of noble Buckingham."
    • Sin An offense, in general; a violation of propriety; a misdemeanor; as, a sin against good manners. "I grant that poetry's a crying sin ."
    • adv., prep., & conj Sin Old form of Since. "Sin that his lord was twenty year of age."
    • Sin To depart voluntarily from the path of duty prescribed by God to man; to violate the divine law in any particular, by actual transgression or by the neglect or nonobservance of its injunctions; to violate any known rule of duty; -- often followed by against. "Against thee, thee only, have I sinned .""All have sinned , and come short of the glory of God."
    • Sin To violate human rights, law, or propriety; to commit an offense; to trespass; to transgress. "I am a man
      More sinned against than sinning ."
      "Who but wishes to invert the laws
      Of order, sins against the eternal cause."
    • Sin Transgression of the law of God; disobedience of the divine command; any violation of God's will, either in purpose or conduct; moral deficiency in the character; iniquity; as, sins of omission and sins of commission. "Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin .""Sin is the transgression of the law.""I think 't no sin .
      To cozen him that would unjustly win."
      By sin to foul, exorbitant desires."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Consuming chocolate was once considered a sin during the 16th and 17th century. During that time it was provided in the form of a drink and since drinking wine during lent was a sin, so was drinking chocolate
    • n sin Any want of conformity unto or transgression of the law of God. (Westminster Assembly's Shorter Catechism.) The true definition of sin is a much contested question, theologians being broadly divided into two schools of thought, the one holding that all sin consists in the voluntary and conscious act of the individual, the other that it also includes the moral character and disposition of the race; one that all moral responsibility is individual, the other that there is also a moral responsibility of the race as a race. To these should be added a third school, which regards sin as simply an imperfection and immaturity, and therefore requiring for remedy principally a healthful development under favorable conditions. Theologians also divide sin into two classes, actual sin and original sin. Actual sin consists in the voluntary conscious act of the individual. (See actual.) Original sin is the innate depravity and corruption of the nature common to all mankind. But whether this native depravity is properly called sin, or whether it is only a tendency to sin and becomes sin only when it is yielded to by the conscious voluntary act of the individual, is a question upon which theologians differ. Roman Catholic and other theologians, following the early church fathers, distinguish between mortal (or deadly) and venial sins. Mortal or deadly sins are such as wilfully violate the divine law, destroy the friendship of God, and cause the death of the soul. The seven mortal or deadly sins are pride, covetousness. lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth. Venial sins are such transgressions as are due to inadvertence, do not destroy the friendship of God, and, while tending to become mortal, are not in themselves the death of the soul. The difference is one of degree, not of kind.
    • n sin A serious fault; an error; a transgression: as, a sin against good taste.
    • n sin An incarnation or embodiment of sin.
    • n sin Synonyms and Wrong, Iniquity, etc. See crime.
    • sin To commit a sin; depart voluntarily from the path of duty prescribed by God; violate the divine law by actual transgression or by the neglect or non-observance of its injunctions.
    • sin To commit an error or a fault; be at fault; transgress an accepted standard of propriety or taste; offend; followed by against before an object.
    • sin To do or commit, contrary to right or rule: with a cognate object.
    • sin Also used impersonally, as in the following quotation:
    • sin To influence, force, or drive by sinning to some course of procedure: followed by an adverbial phrase noting the direction of the result effected.
    • sin Same as since.
    • sin An abbreviation of sine, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Seven Deadly Sins are lust, pride, anger, envy, sloth, avarice and gluttony.
    • adv Sin sin (Spens.) since.
    • n Sin sin wilful violation of law: neglect of duty: neglect of the laws of morality and religion, any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, the law of God: wickedness, iniquity
    • v.i Sin to commit sin: to violate or neglect the laws of morality or religion: to do wrong:—pr.p sin′ning; pa.t. and pa.p. sinned
    • v.i Sin (Pope) to act as a sinner (with indefinite it)
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  • Elbert Hubbard
    “To stop sinning suddenly.”
  • Horace
    “He who is upright in his way of life and free from sin.”
  • Epictetus
    “Liars are the cause of all the sins and crimes in the world.”
  • Seneca
    “Other men's sins are before our eyes; our own are behind our backs.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “That which we call sin in others, is experiment for us.”
  • George Gurdjieff
    “A sin is something which is not necessary.”


Your sins will find you out - This idiom means that things you do wrong will become known.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sinne, AS. synn, syn,; akin to D. zonde, OS. sundia, OHG. sunta, G. sünde, Icel., Dan. & Sw. synd, L. sons, sontis, guilty, perhaps originally from the p. pr. of the verb signifying, to be, and meaning, the one who it is. Cf. Authentic Sooth


In literature:

But why was it made sin?
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt
The love of sin which is in thee is worse than any act of sin thou couldst commit.
"One Snowy Night" by Emily Sarah Holt
Every man must answer for his own sins, and therefore every man must have the right to determine for himself what is sin.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
It is only as we know sin truly that we can truly know the power that saves from sin.
"The Ministry of Intercession" by Andrew Murray
The girl was told to do what she felt would be sin against God.
"Things as They Are" by Amy Wilson-Carmichael
He who knew no sin was made sin for us and on the Cross peace was made.
"The Lord of Glory" by Arno Gaebelein
Whose sins thou dost forgive they are forgiven, and whose sins thou dost retain they are retained.
"The Missionary" by George Griffith
It is not the penalty for sin which he must fear, but the sin itself.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude
This makes man entirely responsible for his sin and accountable to God for everything sin does in his life.
"The Church, the Schools and Evolution" by J. E. (Judson Eber) Conant
Sinful men and women fell at his feet and confessed their sins.
"Christ, Christianity and the Bible" by I. M. Haldeman

In poetry:

Come to me, Belovèd;
Light and healing bring;
Hide my sin and sorrow
Underneath Thy wing.
"Homo Factus Est" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
I said unto the morn and mist,
"The babe unborn whom sin hath kissed."
"Woman’s Portion" by Madison Julius Cawein
I said unto the rain and wind,
"The love, for which my soul hath sinned."
"Woman’s Portion" by Madison Julius Cawein
Faith is not merely waiting
For glory that may be,
Faith is not merely hating
The sinful ecstasy.
"Faith" by Samuel Ellsworth Kiser
Strange Sea! why is it that you never rest?
And tell me why you never go to sleep?
Thou art like one so sad and sin-oppressed --
(And the waves are the tears you weep) --
And thou didst never sin -- what ails the sinless deep?
"Sea Reverie" by Abram Joseph Ryan
The dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day;
And there have I, though vile as he, washed all my sins away.
Washed all my sins away, washed all my sins away;
And there have I, though vile as he, washed all my sins away.
"There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood" by William Cowper

In news:

When people talk about the Bible's twin sin cities, top billing always goes to Sodom.
"Article avoided discussion of sin" and other Letters to the Editors.
Muslims seeking to erase sins, praying for peace.
Washington sigue sin conocer la victoria esta temporada.
It's a grave sin not to fast, but allowances are made, and the Kansas City woman has fallen under two categories of exemptions: Two years ago, she was pregnant.
Invention washes away sins — without flu fears.
Sitting Here in Limbo The Mighty Hannibal: We're Gonna Make It Steve Wynn: There Will Come a Day The Original Sins: Wish I Was Here The Continental Drifters: Someday.
Boko Haram means "Western education is a sin".
LAS VEGAS – Here in Sin City, where it is easier to find a wedding chapel than a McDonald's, honeymoons are big business.
Here in Sin City, where it is easier to find a wedding chapel than a McDonald’s, honeymoons are big business.
Iconic writer Grant Morrison is throwing his own comic-book convention and bringing some friends with him to Sin City.
The volunteer group has been serving a once-a-month community meal sin.
Update your fall wardrobe with a pair of leggings or skinny trousers, including sinfully soft suede.
The group announced today they'd begin a nine-show, three-week run in Sin City that includes their greatest hits, plus their 1987 album 'Hysteria' in its entirety.
Reporting massacres that didn't happen, and other media sins.

In science:

The generating function for Motzkin numbers Mn we denote by M (x); that is, M (x) = Pn≥0 Mnxn . A Chebyshev polynomials of the second kind are defined Up (cos θ) = sin(p + 1)θ/ sin θ.
restricted 1-3-2 permutations and generalized patterns
N [(N − 1) sin φ − sin(N − 1)φ], with corner at 1, as it is proved in Appendix B.
Random unistochastic matrices
A− (τ ) sin(φ− (t)) + a−(τ )(cid:3) sin(θ0 i + ψ) where φ± (t) are fast variables, and dφ±/dt, A± (τ ), and a± (τ ) are slow variables.
Out-of-equilibrium states as statistical equilibria of an effective dynamics
It is possible to evaluate Eq. (7) for ρ = 1 2 (I + r · σ) yielding νµ eiαµ = (aµ + r · bµ ) cos θµ + (r × eµ ) · bµ sin θµ −i(eµ · bµ + aµ r · eµ ) sin θµ .
Generalization of geometric phase to completely positive maps
This is because |Qn | is maximal possible on In,j if θ when sin(2θ) is positive and Dn,j 2 γ n when sin(2θ) is negative (or vice-versa).
Sparse Potentials With Fractional Hausdorff Dimension