- 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, 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 *sunjÅ (“truth, excuse") and Proto-Germanic *sundijÅ, *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 *hâ‚es- (“to be"); compare Old English sÅÃ¾ ("true, very, sooth"; see sooth).
Cognate with Scots syn, sin (“sin"), Eastern Frisian sende (“sin"), West Frisian sÃ»nde (“sin"), Dutch zonde (“sin"), Low German sunn, sunne (“sin"), German SÃ¼nde (“sin"), Swedish synd (“sin"), Icelandic synÃ°, synd (“sin"), Latin sont-, sons (“sinful, guilty, criminal").
Modification of shin.