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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-


us   uk   /saɪn/ specialized

SINnoun [C]

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 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)
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, pecar…
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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