On the Daily Show, Gates piled on, calling Congress “venal and small.”
His grandchildren and great-grandchildren are, with few exceptions, venal.
The stereotypical congressperson is venal, petty, self-interested, and oblivious to the consequences of his or her actions.
Decadent, venal, ineffective, stratified, anxiety-ridden, stumbling from one declared crisis to the next—who wants that?
For there to be any chance, all parties have to stop the venal and viral vitriol.
It is not wonderful that the wearers of ermine repaid themselves by venal practices.
The fate of the children of venal concubines is generally very sad.
Afterwards we find that meaner quill is replaced by venal quill; and the couplet about the rival translations is suppressed.
They were so venal, too, that they aided the enemy rather than us by their movements.
The Prince di —, under a weak despot and a venal administration, is a man above the law.
1650s, "offered for sale, capable of being obtained for a price," from French vénal, from Latin venalis "that is for sale," from venum (nominative *venus) "for sale," from PIE root *wes- "to buy, sell" (cf. Sanskrit vasnah "purchase money," vasnam "reward," vasnayati "he bargains, haggles;" Greek onos "price paid, purchase," oneisthai "to buy").