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deadly sins

plural noun
1.
the seven sins of pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth.
Also called seven deadly sins, capital sins.
Origin of deadly sins
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English deedly synnes
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British Dictionary definitions for seven deadly sins

seven deadly sins

plural noun
1.
a fuller name for the deadly sins

deadly sins

plural noun
1.
(theol) the sins of pride, covetousness, lust, envy, gluttony, anger, and sloth
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seven deadly sins definition


Widely known in the Middle Ages as sins that lead to damnation. They are: pride, covetousness (greed), lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth. (See mortal sin/venial sin.)

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