The 7 Deadly Sins

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The 7 Deadly Sins are an extra-biblical categorization for sins. The categories of Lust and Pride mirror categories mentioned in the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon also mentions murder as a category, which does not have a very direct corollary in the 7 Deadly Sins.

While the Book of Mormon categorization focus on the types of sins based on their own properties, the 7 Deadly Sins is fundamentally more focused on something like root character flaws that manifest themselves through different types of sins.

The Seven Deadly Sins are typically identified as pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth. The tradition from which these categories originate has also historically considered other other categories; acedia, vainglory, and tristitia. "Acedia" most literally refers to a failure to love one's spouse, family, and/or progenitors, however, as a category it denoted the idea of neglecting to take care of something that one should do. It is connected to the idea of depression and apathy, though "tristitia" connects most directly with elements of depression and sadness. Modern sloth seems to be a unification of "tristitia" and "acedia". Vainglory, for its part, unjustified boasting, was combined with pride.

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