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

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

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. the first sin of Adam, as related to its consequences to his descendants of the human race; -- called also total depravity. See Calvinism.
  • n.

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


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  • He of course rejected the Pelagian view which denied original sin and grounded the salvation of those who die in infancy on their supposed innocence and sinlessness.

    The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination

  • The foreknowledge of original sin is no reason for God to except some men from his will of redemption, as the Calvinist sect called Infralapsarians or

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • Jansenistic teaching, leaving room, for instance, for a condition of perfect natural happiness for those dying with only original sin on their souls.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • Apostolic See, the pope developed the Catholic teaching on original sin and grace, and excluded Pelagius and Caelestius, who were reported to have rejected these doctrines, form communion with the

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • A tracker, known as Billy Williams — who had passed out of the police service after many years of duty during which he had added largely to his burden of original sin and knowledge of

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • He did not invent the doctrines of original sin and seminal transmission of guilt but he did set them as cornerstones in his "system," matching them with a doctrine of infant baptism which cancels, ex opere operato, birth sin and hereditary guilt.

    Confessions and Enchiridion, newly translated and edited by Albert C. Outler

  • Blood sin and desecration of the race are the original sin inthis world and the end of a humanity which surrenders to it.

    Mein Kampf

  • The doctrine of original sin was the starting point, and the pro - mulgation of the Torah or Sacred Law was the answer to it.


  • ` ` Oh, I didn't -- I will -- O Jiminy! yes, I will! '' cried the little black delinquent, the full tide of original sin taking an unfair advantage of her excitement to engulf her.

    Twilight stories

  • No doubt crib-biting, nurse-biting and original sin in general are all strictly reducible from Darwinian principles; but don't by misadventure run against any academical facts.

    The Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley


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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