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seven deadly sins
 
pl n
a fuller name for the deadly sins

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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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Here are seven deadly sins found in executive compensation plans.
Also--there is a reason that envy was considered one of the seven deadly sins.
The circles are thematic, based on the seven deadly sins, and each circle will
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Gluttony was once considered one of the seven deadly sins.
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