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original sin

noun
1.
Theology.
  1. a depravity, or tendency to evil, held to be innate in humankind and transmitted from Adam to all humans in consequence of his sin.
  2. inclination to evil, inherent in human nature.
2.
Roman Catholic Theology. the privation of sanctifying grace in consequence of the sin of Adam.
Origin of original sin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; translation of Medieval Latin peccātum orīgināle
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  • "A case of the transmission of the original sin, I suppose," answered the Doctor, as she retired through the door.

    With Edge Tools Hobart Chatfield-Taylor
  • The doctrine of original sin must once have had a meaning and a purpose.

  • This original sin is neither more nor less than the brute inheritance that every man carries with him.

    The Church, the Schools and Evolution J. E. (Judson Eber) Conant
  • We need not have recourse to the doctrine of original sin in order to account for these.

  • Of the two she possessed a greater share of original sin compared with the size of her soul.

    The Copy-Cat and Other Stories Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • It has all the paradox of original sin in the service of aboriginal faith.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • "The pit of original sin," Hallam named it, advising her to give over the task of purification.

    Reels and Spindles Evelyn Raymond
British Dictionary definitions for original sin

original sin

noun
1.
a state of sin held to be innate in mankind as the descendants of Adam
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original sin in Culture

original sin definition


The eating of the forbidden fruit by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, which led to their expulsion from Eden by God. In Christian theology, the act by which all humans fell from divine grace.

original sin definition


The sin of Adam and Eve, the essential event of the Fall of Man. According to the most common teaching of Christians, all descendants of Adam and Eve — that is, all people — share in this sin and are, from the time they are conceived, in a state of sin. In German, the term used is Erbsunde, meaning “inherited sin,” a more explanatory term than the English one. Jesus, through his Crucifixion and Resurrection, atoned for original sin. All who believe in Jesus and accept baptism are freed from original sin and experience salvation. (See justification by grace, through faith.)

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