sin 1 (sĭn)
1. A transgression of a religious or moral law, especially when deliberate.
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, sinsIdioms:
To violate a religious or moral law.
live in sin
To cohabit in a sexual relationship without being married.
Completely or extremely: He is guilty as sin.
[Middle English sinne, from Old English synn; see es- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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