Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of the seven sins—anger, covetousness, envy, gluttony, lust, pride, and sloth—that are supposed to be fatal to one's spiritual development and progress.

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  • n. any of the seven deadly sins - anger, greed/avarice, envy, gluttony, lust, pride, and sloth

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  • n. an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace

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Examples

  • "You talk like a hasty rattlepate," said he, "For there is no leprosy so foul as deadly sin, seeing that a soul in deadly sin is in the image of the Devil.

    The Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville

  • In both places the Beast-fables are introduced with some art and add variety to the subject-matter, obviating monotony — the deadly sin of such works — and giving repose to the hearer or reader after a climax of excitement such as the murder of the Wazirs.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • "Besides, envy is the last deadly sin I'd expect from Flash-man bahadur.

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

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