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  • noun In Christian theology, the condition of sin that marks all humans as a result of Eve's and Adam's first act of disobedience.

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  • noun Christianity The state of sin, present in each human at birth, that is a direct result of Adam's disobedience to God.

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  • noun a sin said to be inherited by all descendants of Adam


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  • "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. I did an original sin. I poked a badger with a spoon." Eddie Izzard

    February 17, 2007