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Princeton's WordNet

  1. original sinnoun

    a sin said to be inherited by all descendants of Adam

    "Adam and Eve committed the original sin when they ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden"


  1. original sinnoun

    The state of sin, present in each human at birth, that is a direct result of Adam's disobedience to God.


  1. Original sin

    Original sin, also called ancestral sin, is, according to a Christian theological doctrine, humanity's state of sin resulting from the fall of man, stemming from Adam's rebellion in Eden. This condition has been characterized in many ways, ranging from something as insignificant as a slight deficiency, or a tendency toward sin yet without collective guilt, referred to as a "sin nature", to something as drastic as total depravity or automatic guilt of all humans through collective guilt. The concept of original sin was first alluded to in the 2nd century by Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons in his controversy with certain dualist Gnostics. Its scriptural foundation is based on the New Testament teaching of Paul the Apostle, and Psalm 51:5. Tertullian, Cyprian, Ambrose and Ambrosiaster considered that mankind shares in Adam's sin, transmitted by human generation. Augustine's formulation of original sin was popular among Reformers, such as Martin Luther and John Calvin who equated original sin with concupiscence, affirming that it persisted even after baptism and completely destroyed freedom. Within Roman Catholicism, the Jansenist movement, which the Church then declared heretical, also maintained that original sin destroyed freedom of will.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Original Sin

    the name given by the theologians to the inherent tendency to sin on the part of all mankind, due, as alleged, to their descent from Adam and the imputation of Adam's guilt to them as sinning in him.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of original sin in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of original sin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of original sin in a Sentence

  1. Dwayne Royster:

    I really hope the Pope would speak more forcefully to the issue of racial justice, this is really the original sin of America.

  2. Fran Lebowitz:

    Original thought is like original sin: both happened before you were born to people you could not have possibly met.

  3. Thomas Greenfield:

    I have seen for Thomas Greenfield how the original sin of slavery weaved White supremacy into our founding documents and principles.

  4. Ted Cruz:

    I understand the passions that this debate evokes on both sides, both those who see a history of racial oppression and a history of slavery, which is the original sin of our nation, and we fought a bloody civil war to expunge that sin.

  5. Julian Castro:

    I've said that if under our Constitution that we compensate if take their property, why wouldn't we compensate people who were considered property and sanctioned by the state ? i believe that for the black community, for the white community, for every other American -- that it is important to address that original sin, and until we do we may feel like we're moving forward as one nation, but I don't think that we ever will.

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