venal

[veen-l]
adjective
1.
willing to sell one's influence, especially in return for a bribe; open to bribery; mercenary: a venal judge.
2.
able to be purchased, as by a bribe: venal acquittals.
3.
associated with or characterized by bribery: a venal administration; venal agreements.

Origin:
1645–55; < Latin vēnālis, equivalent to vēn(um) (accusative) for sale (cf. vend) + -ālis -al1

venally, adverb
nonvenal, adjective
nonvenally, adverb
unvenal, adjective

venal, venial.


1. bribable, corruptible. See corrupt.


1. incorruptible.
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venal (ˈviːnəl)
 
adj
1.  easily bribed or corrupted; mercenary: a venal magistrate
2.  characterized by corruption: a venal civilization
3.  open to purchase, esp by bribery: a venal contract
 
[C17: from Latin vēnālis, from vēnum sale]
 
venality
 
n
 
'venally
 
adv

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venal
1650s, "offered for sale, capable of being obtained for a price," from Fr. vénal, from L. venalis "that is for sale," from venum (nom. *venus) "for sale," from PIE base *wes- "to buy, sell" (cf. Skt. vasnah "purchase money," vasnam "reward," vasnayati "he bargains, haggles;" Gk. onos "price paid,
purchase," oneisthai "to buy").
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Example sentences
Mayors were either the venal bosses of dishonest machines or figureheads for
  the bosses.
It's all well and good to rail about evil chemical companies or venal
  politicians.
Venal and inept, his government surely needs to be replaced.
Even many of his critics see him as a deluded knight-errant rather than as a
  venal opportunist.
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