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venial sin

noun, Roman Catholic Church
1.
a transgression against the law of God that does not deprive the soul of divine grace either because it is a minor offense or because it was committed without full understanding of its seriousness or without full consent of the will.
Compare mortal sin.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English
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British Dictionary definitions for venial-sin

venial sin

noun
1.
(Christianity) a sin regarded as involving only a partial loss of grace Compare mortal sin
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