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From Middle English sinful, synful, senful, sunful, from Old English synful (sinful, guilty, wicked, corrupt), equivalent to sin +‎ -ful. Cognate with Dutch zondevol (sinful), German sündevoll (sinful), Danish syndefuld (sinful), Swedish syndfull (sinful), Icelandic syndfullur (sinful).


  • IPA(key): /ˈsɪnfəl/
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sinful (comparative more sinful, superlative most sinful)

  1. constituting a sin; being morally or religiously wrong; wicked; evil
    Antonym: sinless
  2. (colloquial) decadent (luxuriously self-indulgent)
    • 2018 April 10, Cohn, Rachel; Levithan, David, Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah[1], New York City: Random House, →ISBN:
      I take a whiff of the most sincerely sinful cookies in the history of the world. It’s a recipe I saw in People magazine once at the dentist's office, and Dr. Segal would not approve of its ingredients (or maybe she would, in the interest of keeping her business afloat).

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