Venial sin
Sin Sin, n. [OE. sinne, AS. synn, syn; akin to D. zonde, OS. sundia, OHG. sunta, G. s["u]nde, Icel., Dan. & Sw. synd, L. sons, sontis, guilty, perhaps originally from the p. pr. of the verb signifying, to be, and meaning, the one who it is. Cf. {Authentic}, {Sooth}.] 1. Transgression of the law of God; disobedience of the divine command; any violation of God's will, either in purpose or conduct; moral deficiency in the character; iniquity; as, sins of omission and sins of commission. [1913 Webster]

Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. --John viii. 34. [1913 Webster]

Sin is the transgression of the law. --1 John iii. 4. [1913 Webster]

I think 't no sin. To cozen him that would unjustly win. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Enthralled By sin to foul, exorbitant desires. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. An offense, in general; a violation of propriety; a misdemeanor; as, a sin against good manners. [1913 Webster]

I grant that poetry's a crying sin. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. A sin offering; a sacrifice for sin. [1913 Webster]

He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin. --2 Cor. v. 21. [1913 Webster]

4. An embodiment of sin; a very wicked person. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Thy ambition, Thou scarlet sin, robbed this bewailing land Of noble Buckingham. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Note: Sin is used in the formation of some compound words of obvious signification; as, sin-born; sin-bred, sin-oppressed, sin-polluted, and the like. [1913 Webster]

{Actual sin}, {Canonical sins}, {Original sin}, {Venial sin}. See under {Actual}, {Canonical}, etc.

{Deadly sins}, or {Mortal sins} (R. C. Ch.), willful and deliberate transgressions, which take away divine grace; -- in distinction from vental sins. The seven deadly sins are pride, covetousness, lust, wrath, gluttony, envy, and sloth.

{Sin eater}, a man who (according to a former practice in England) for a small gratuity ate a piece of bread laid on the chest of a dead person, whereby he was supposed to have taken the sins of the dead person upon himself.

{Sin offering}, a sacrifice for sin; something offered as an expiation for sin. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Iniquity; wickedness; wrong. See {Crime}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Venial sin — Venial Ve ni*al, a. [OF. venial, F. v[ e]niel, L. venialis, from venia forgiveness, pardon, grace, favor, kindness; akin to venerari to venerate. See {Venerate}.] 1. Capable of being forgiven; not heinous; excusable; pardonable; as, a venial… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Venial sin — According to Roman Catholicism, a venial sin (meaning forgivable sin) is a lesser sin that does not result in a complete separation from God and eternal damnation in Hell. A venial sin involves a partial loss of grace from God. Definition A… …   Wikipedia

  • venial sin — noun a pardonable sin regarded as entailing only a partial loss of grace • Ant: ↑mortal sin • Hypernyms: ↑sin, ↑sinning * * * noun, pl ⋯ sins [count] in the Roman Catholic Church : a sin (such as stealing something small) that is not very serious …   Useful english dictionary

  • venial sin — sin that can be forgiven …   English contemporary dictionary

  • venial sin — noun A sin that is not a mortal sin; a sin that is not grave, or was not deliberate or was committed without a full understanding of the consequences. Ant: mortal sin, deadly sin …   Wiktionary

  • venial sin — ve′nial sin′ n. Rom. Cath. Ch. rel a sin that does not deprive the soul of divine grace either because it is a minor offense or because it was committed without full consent or understanding of its seriousness Compare mortal sin • Etymology:… …   From formal English to slang

  • venial sin — noun Date: 14th century 1. a sin that is relatively slight or that is committed without full reflection or consent and so according to Thomist theology does not deprive the soul of sanctifying grace compare mortal sin 2. a minor offense …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • venial sin — /viniəl ˈsɪn/ (say veeneeuhl sin) noun 1. Roman Catholic Church a relatively slight breaking of God s law which does not involve the loss of sanctifying grace but which retards the attainment of final union with God. Compare mortal sin. 2. any… …   Australian English dictionary

  • venial sin — Rom. Cath. Ch. a transgression against the law of God that does not deprive the soul of divine grace either because it is a minor offense or because it was committed without full understanding of its seriousness or without full consent of the… …   Universalium

  • venial sin — (Rom. Cath. Theol.) Remissible sin …   New dictionary of synonyms

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