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[sin-fuh l] /ˈsɪn fəl/
characterized by, guilty of, or full of sin; wicked:
a sinful life.
Origin of sinful
before 900; Middle English; Old English synfull. See sin1, -ful
Related forms
sinfully, adverb
sinfulness, noun
unsinful, adjective
unsinfully, adverb
unsinfulness, noun
iniquitous, depraved, evil, immoral, corrupt. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sinful
  • There is little or nothing you can do besides recognize your sinful nature and spread the news to as many as will hear it.
  • Critical thinking is discouraged being called prideful or sinful or rebellious.
  • Of course religious leaders have a right to speak and lobby against whatever they consider sinful.
  • They exaggerate how sinful they were before they were born again.
  • It's message about life was as profound and simple, yet hidden by the sinful goodness of the candy.
  • Because it's so darn unintuitive, it's farcical, if not outright sinful.
  • It does not apply to single people, who are presumably less sinful.
  • But there are jobs aplenty which involve doing illegal and hateful things to one's fellow citizens and living a sinful life.
  • Such cold blooded and sinful genocide of the unborn cannot be allowed to go unchallenged.
  • He is the same in knowledge, and cannot forget sinful acts.
British Dictionary definitions for sinful


having committed or tending to commit sin: a sinful person
characterized by or being a sin: a sinful act
Derived Forms
sinfully, adverb
sinfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sinful

Old English synnfull "full of sin, wicked, unholy, contrary to the laws of God;" see sin (n.) + -ful. Weakened sense of "contrary to propriety or decency" is from 1863. Related: Sinfully; sinfulness.

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