zonde

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch sonde, from Old Dutch sunda, from Proto-Germanic *sundijō.

Noun[edit]

zonde f (plural zonden or zondes, diminutive zondetje n)

  1. sin (offence against moral and/or divine law)
    Doden is een ergere zonde dan stelen.
    To kill is a graver sin than to steal.
  2. (religion, chiefly Christianity) sin; sinfulness (state of alienation from God or any other deity caused by such offences)
    Ik heb het grootste deel van mijn leven in zonde geleeft.
    I’ve lived in sin for the greater part of my life.
  3. shame; pity; waste (something regrettable for other than moral reasons)
    Het is echt zonde dat ze het huis zo in verval laten raken.
    It’s really a shame that they let the house go to ruin like that.
    Zonde van de tijd!
    What a waste of time!
    What a pity about the time [that has passed]!
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See also[edit]
  • zondvloed (unrelated, but influenced by folk etymology)

Etymology 2[edit]

Non-lemma forms.

Verb[edit]

zonde

  1. (archaic) singular past subjunctive of zenden
  2. singular past indicative and subjunctive of zonnen

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