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venal

[veen-l] /ˈvin 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
1645-1655
1645-55; < Latin vēnālis, equivalent to vēn(um) (accusative) for sale (cf. vend) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
venally, adverb
nonvenal, adjective
nonvenally, adverb
unvenal, adjective
Can be confused
venal, venial.
Synonyms
1. bribable, corruptible. See corrupt.
Antonyms
1. incorruptible.
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British Dictionary definitions for venally

venal

/ˈviːnəl/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
venality (viːˈnælɪtɪ) noun
venally, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vēnālis, from vēnum sale
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Word Origin and History for venally

venal

adj.

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").

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