venally

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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