venial

[vee-nee-uhl, veen-yuhl]
adjective
1.
able to be forgiven or pardoned; not seriously wrong, as a sin (opposed to mortal ).
2.
excusable; trifling; minor: a venial error; a venial offense.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Medieval Latin veniālis, equivalent to Latin veni(a) grace, favor, indulgence (akin to venus; see venerate, Venus) + -ālis -al1

veniality, venialness, noun
venially, adverb
unvenial, adjective
unvenially, adverb
unvenialness, noun
unveniality, noun

venal, venial.


2. slight, pardonable, forgivable.
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venial (ˈviːnɪəl)
 
adj
easily excused or forgiven: a venial error
 
[C13: via Old French from Late Latin veniālis, from Latin venia forgiveness; related to Latin venus love]
 
veniality
 
n
 
'venially
 
adv

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venial
c.1300, from O.Fr. venial, from L. venialis "pardonable," from venia "forgiveness, indulgence, pardon," related to venus "sexual love, desire" (see Venus).
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Example sentences
In fact, it's not the great but the venial sins that you think of with horror when you've read this book.
But his mistakes are venial, outweighed by his vivid, visceral prose.
And rudeness, as long as it is non-violent, is a venial sin.
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