Definition of the seven deadly sins in English:

the seven deadly sins


  • (in Christian tradition) the sins of pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth.

    • ‘This claim is especially important with respect to anger, because within Christian circles, anger is identified as one of the seven deadly sins, and because as a culture, we often fear anger as the antithesis of love.’
    • ‘The seven deadly sins and their antitheses, the four cardinal virtues and three heavenly graces, provide the book's organising principle.’
    • ‘Given the choice, if you were to add another sin to the existing seven deadly sins, which of the following would you choose?’
    • ‘Which of the seven deadly sins does he think the average politician would be most susceptible to?’
    • ‘I am quite certain that neither my husband nor I have ever lectured John on the seven deadly sins.’