cardinal sin

UK / US noun [countable]
Word forms "cardinal sin":
singular cardinal sin plural cardinal sins
1) humorous something that is considered to be bad or wrong and that you must not do

He committed the cardinal sin of forgetting their anniversary.

2) something that the Christian religion says is bad and that you must not do

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  • cardinal sin — cardinal sins N COUNT If you describe an action as a cardinal sin, you are indicating that some people strongly disapprove of it. I committed the physician s cardinal sin: I got involved with my patients …   English dictionary

  • cardinal sin — n 1.) informal something bad or stupid that you must avoid doing ▪ politicians who commit the cardinal sin of ignoring public opinion 2.) a serious ↑sin in the Christian religion …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cardinal sin — noun count 1. ) HUMOROUS something that is considered to be bad or wrong so that you must not do it: He committed the cardinal sin of forgetting their anniversary. 2. ) something that the Christian religion says is bad so you must not do it …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cardinal sin — /kadənəl ˈsɪn/ (say kahduhnuhl sin) noun 1. a serious moral lapse involving the loss of one of the cardinal virtues. 2. Colloquial (humorous) a misbehaviour of some kind, classed as serious in nature: in our house it is a cardinal sin to get up… …   Australian English dictionary

  • cardinal sin — noun (C) 1 informal something bad or stupid that you must avoid doing: the cardinal sin of ignoring public opinion 2 a serious sin 1 (1) in the Christian religion …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • cardinal sin — noun any of the seven deadly sins. ↘chiefly humorous a serious error of judgement: he committed the cardinal sin of criticizing his teammates …   English new terms dictionary

  • cardinal sin — noun A mortal sin, deadly sin …   Wiktionary

  • cardinal sin — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cardinal Sin (band) — Infobox musical artist Name = Cardinal Sin Img capt = Img size = Landscape = Background = group or band Alias = Origin = Gothenburg, Sweden Genre = Melodic black metal Blackened death metal Years active = 1995 1996, 2003 2006 Label = Wrong Again… …   Wikipedia


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