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seven deadly sins


Each of C. S. Lewis’ seven Narnian tales highlight the destructiveness of one of the seven deadly sins.
  from early Christian teachings:  Pride, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, Avarice, Gluttony, Lust
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  • Each of C. S. Lewis’ seven Narnian tales highlight the destructiveness of one of the seven deadly sins.
  • He clattered waeful havers of the seven knights—they being the seven deadly sins, said he—and told me, calm as daylight, that I was but a murdering man masel’.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • It was a marvellous spotted thing, as effective as the seven deadly sins.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • And the seven knights betoken the seven deadly sins that reigned that time in the world; and I may liken the good Galahad unto the son of the High Father, that lighted within a maid, and bought all the souls out of thrall, so did Sir Galahad deliver all the maidens out of the woful castle.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur

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  • Pride is one of the seven deadly sins; but it cannot be the pride of a mother in her children, for that is a compound of two cardinal virtues—faith and hope.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • On each of the seven days of the week he further prayed that one of the seven gifts of the Holy Ghost might descend upon his soul and drive out of it day by day the seven deadly sins which had defiled it in the past; and he prayed for each gift on its appointed day, confident that it would descend upon him, though it seemed strange to him at times that wisdom and understanding and knowledge were so distinct in their nature that each should be prayed for apart from the others.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • That saved your soul from the seven deadly sins.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • Also I believe in pride, knowing well that the deadliest of the seven deadly sins is named as pride.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • The seven deadly sins.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • Each point represented one of the seven deadly sins, though all Baltazar and his friends thought about at this moment were the nuts, candies and dried fruits that lay within, ready to be freed with one good swing of his stick.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game

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  • Just about all the seven deadly sins: Dissolved their Poor Peasants’ Committee, that’s one; refused to supply horses to the Red Army, that’s two (and they’re all Tartars, mind you, horsemen); resisted the mobilization decree, that makes three.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • And the seven knights betoken the seven deadly sins that reigned that time in the world; and I may liken the good Galahad unto the son of the High Father, that lighted within a maid, and bought all the souls out of thrall, so did Sir Galahad deliver all the maidens out of the woful castle.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
  • We have to know the Ten Commandments, the Seven Virtues, Divine and Moral, the Seven Sacraments, the Seven Deadly Sins.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • Toyed with women, to watch them squirm, pollinate the seeds of despair; toyed with men, to satiate their Seven Deadly Sins.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • BARBARA [bewildered] The seven deadly sins!
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • "Ugliness is one of the seven deadly sins, then?" cried the Duchess.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Mrs. Minihan didn’t mind the odd drop of sherry of a Saturday morning but then he tried to turn her into a Buddhist, which he said he was himself and the Irish would be much better off in general if they sat under a tree and watched the Ten Commandments and the Seven Deadly Sins float down the Shannon and far out to sea.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
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Associated words [difficulty]:   seven deadly sins [8] , tithe [3]
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