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Meaning of “sin” in the English Dictionary

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sinnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /sɪn/
C2 the ​offence of ​breaking, or the ​breaking of, a ​religious or ​morallaw: to commit/​confess a sin He ​thinks a lot about sin. [+ to infinitive] informal I ​think it's a sin (= is ​morallywrong) towastefood, when so many ​people in the ​world are ​hungry.humorous For my sins (= as if it were a ​punishment), I'm ​organizing the ​officeparty this ​year.

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sinless
adjective uk   us   /-ləs/

sinverb [I]

uk   us   /sɪn/ (-nn-)
to ​break a ​religious or ​morallaw: Forgive me, ​Father, for I have sinned.

sin

uk   us   /saɪn/ specialized
written abbreviation for sine

SINnoun [C]

us  
abbreviation for Social Insurance Number
(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 ​religiouslaw, or such ​actsconsidered together: [C] In most ​religions, ​stealing is ​regarded as a sin. A sin is also anything ​consideredwrong: [C] It is not a sin to ​dropyourkid off at ​soccerpractice and ​stay in the ​car to ​read a ​book.
sin
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)
Translations of “sin”
in Korean 죄…
in Arabic ذَنْب, مَعْصية, خَطيئة…
in Malaysian dosa…
in French péché, mal…
in Russian грех…
in Chinese (Traditional) 正弦…
in Italian peccato…
in Turkish günah, ahlaka aykırı şey…
in Polish grzech…
in Spanish pecado…
in Vietnamese tội lỗi…
in Portuguese pecado…
in Thai บาป…
in German die Sünde…
in Catalan pecat…
in Japanese 罪, 罪悪…
in Chinese (Simplified) 正弦…
in Indonesian dosa…
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