Meaning of “sin” in the English Dictionary

"sin" in English

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sinnoun [ C or U ]

uk /sɪn/ us /sɪn/

C2 the offence of breaking, or the breaking of, a religious or moral law:

to commit/confess a sin
He thinks a lot about sin.
[ + to infinitive ] informal I think it's a sin (= is morally wrong) to waste food, when so many people in the world are hungry.
humorous For my sins (= as if it were a punishment), I'm organizing the office party this year.

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adjective uk /ˈsɪn.ləs/ us /ˈsɪn.ləs/

sinverb [ I ]

uk /sɪn/ us /sɪn/ -nn-

to break a religious or moral law:

Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.


us uk /saɪn/ specialized

(Definition of “sin” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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sinnoun [ C/U ]

us /sɪn/

an act of breaking a religious law, or such acts considered together:

[ C ] In most religions, stealing is regarded as a sin.

A sin is also anything considered wrong:

[ C ] It is not a sin to drop your kid off at soccer practice and stay in the car to read a book.
verb [ I ] us /sɪn/ -nn-

I don't think there's a good way to say I have sinned.

(Definition of “sin” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)