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[vee-nal-i-tee, vuh-] /viˈnæl ɪ ti, və-/
the condition or quality of being venal; openness to bribery or corruption.
Origin of venality
1605-15; < Late Latin vēnālitas. See venal, -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In other people, crisis will inspire cowardice or venality.
  • They have seen enough of venality, mendacity, and hypocrisy to be quite familiar with all of these qualities.
  • It's rare to see a newspaper be so honest about the venality and greed of the general public.
  • As a result, one scholarly visitor reported being repelled by her venality.
  • The news media continued to suffer from venality, politicization, and outside influences.
  • The news media continued to suffer from venality, politicization, and outside influence.
  • Where local officials ruled, it was possible to engage in petty venality.
  • The ordinary urban citizen comes up against the corruption and venality of individual officials at almost every step.
  • venality in the press sooner or later ensures the degradation of public morals.
  • Payrolls are notorious places where money disappears-but some of the loss is not because of corruption and venality.
Word Origin and History for venality

1610s, from French vénalité or directly from Late Latin venalitatem (nominative venalitas) "capable of being bought," from venalis (see venal).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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