seven Deadly Sins

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Usually given as Pride, Envy, Anger, Sloth, Covetousness, Gluttony, and Lust; frequently personified in medieval literature, e.g. Piers Plowman, B, Passus V; Dunbar's ‘The Dance of the Sevin Deidly Synnis’; Chaucer's ‘Parson's Tale’ (Canterbury Tales, 24); and in Spenser's Faerie Queene. They provide one of the organizing structures for Dante's Inferno and Purgatorio.

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