- The definition of a sin is an offense against moral rules or law, especially against God.
An example of a sin is murder.
- To sin is defined as to go against a rule or law, especially one of God's.
An example of to sin is to steal.
Origin of sinClassical Hebrew (language)
- an offense against God, religion, or good morals
- the condition of being guilty of continued offense against God, religion, or good morals
- an offense against any law, standard, code, etc.: a sin against good taste
Origin of sinMiddle English (East Midland) sinne ; from Old English synne (for an unverified form sunjo), akin to German sünde, probably ; from early Germanic borrowing ; from Classical Latin sous (gen. sontis), guilty, technical legal term, origin, originally participle, paricipial form of esse, to be (see is), in sense (he) being (the one)
live in sin
- A transgression of a religious or moral law, especially when deliberate.
- Theology a. Deliberate disobedience to the known will of God.b. A condition of estrangement from God resulting from such disobedience.
- Something regarded as being shameful, deplorable, or utterly wrong.
intransitive verbsinned sinned, sin·ning, sins
Origin of sinMiddle English sinne, from Old English synn; see es- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of sinHebrew śîn, modeled on šîn, shin (the following letter).
Origin of SinAkkadian Sîn.
(third-person singular simple present sins, present participle sinning, simple past and past participle sinned)
- (intransitive, theology) To commit a sin.
From Middle English sinne, synne, sunne, zen, from Old English sinn, senn, synn (“injury, mischief, enmity, feud; sin, guilt, crime”), from Proto-Germanic *sunjō (“truth, excuse”) and Proto-Germanic *sundijō, *sundiz (“sin”), from Proto-Indo-European *sent-, *sont- ("being, true", implying a verdict of "truly guilty" against an accusation or charge), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁es- (“to be”); compare Old English sōþ ("true, very, sooth"; see sooth).
Cognate with Scots syn, sin (“sin”), Eastern Frisian sende (“sin”), West Frisian sûnde (“sin”), Dutch zonde (“sin”), Low German sunn, sunne (“sin”), German Sünde (“sin”), Swedish synd (“sin”), Icelandic synð, synd (“sin”), Latin sont-, sons (“sinful, guilty, criminal”).
Modification of shin.