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- n. The property of being sinful.
- n. The result or product of being sinful.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or character of being sinful; especially, the quality of being contrary to the divine law; wickedness; depravity; moral corruption; iniquity: as, the sinfulness of an action; the sinfulness of thoughts or purposes.
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- n. estrangement from god
Indeed, we see some men constant in sinfulness, inclining to that which He loveth not and transgressing in this the original intent and purpose of their creation, which is the love of the Truth, and drawing on themselves the wrath of their Lord, whilst we see others constant in seeking the satisfaction of their Creator and obeying
Him and leaving the contrary, which is avarice or spending in sinfulness that which He hath committed to them; and what pleaseth
We shall never be able to stamp out syphilis and gonorrhoea until the stigma of sinfulness is removed from them.
What we call sinfulness is largely a matter of custom and convention.
God be thanked that the former sinfulness is such a foil and such a spur to your present holiness.
"The truth respecting God's holiness and our sinfulness, which is the very first spark of light in us, has no place in us" [Alford].
His guilt was aggravated by his essential, native sinfulness, which is as contrary to God's requisitions of inward purity as are outward sins to those for right conduct.
We take great caution and precaution to try to explain things in terms of our normal sinfulness, which is bad enough, and maybe psychological issues that the person has.
"sinfulness" -- mix up, in a general way, good nourishment with ascetic principles -- and you will attain to a capacity of luxuriance in certain matters that may well be the envy and despair of poor primitives like the
He was quick to blame both the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina on America's "sinfulness," that sinfulness in a nutshell being everything Pat Robertson dislikes politically, including the Establishment Clause of the Constitution, civil rights for gay people and abortion rights.