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- noun A sin, such as murder or blasphemy, that is so heinous it deprives the soul of sanctifying grace and causes damnation if unforgiven at the time of death.
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- noun Roman Catholic theology a mortal sin is a grave matter, such as
murderor blasphemy, and is committed with the full knowledge and deliberate consent of the sinner. The committing of such a heinoussin causes a complete loss of graceand leads to eternal damnation unless absolved.
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- noun an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace
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