sin: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (sin), [key]
— n., v., sinned, sin•ning.
  1. transgression of divine law: the sin of Adam.
  2. any act regarded as such a transgression, esp. a willful or deliberate violation of some religious or moral principle.
  3. any reprehensible or regrettable action, behavior, lapse, etc.; great fault or offense: It's a sin to waste time.
  1. to commit a sinful act.
  2. to offend against a principle, standard, etc.
  1. to commit or perform sinfully: He sinned his crimes without compunction.
  2. to bring, drive, etc., by sinning: He sinned his soul to perdition.


Pronunciation: (sēn), [key]
  1. the 21st letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
  2. the consonant sound represented by this letter.


Pronunciation: (sēn), [key]
  1. the 12th letter of the Arabic alphabet.


Pronunciation: (sēn), [key]
  1. the Akkadian god of the moon: the counterpart of the Sumerian Nanna.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. sine.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. arc sine.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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