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venial

[vee-nee-uh l, veen-yuh l] /ˈvi ni əl, ˈvin yəl/
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
1250-1300; Middle English < Medieval Latin veniālis, equivalent to Latin veni(a) grace, favor, indulgence (akin to venus; see venerate, Venus) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
veniality, venialness, noun
venially, adverb
unvenial, adjective
unvenially, adverb
unvenialness, noun
unveniality, noun
Can be confused
venal, venial.
Synonyms
2. slight, pardonable, forgivable.
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British Dictionary definitions for veniality

venial

/ˈviːnɪəl/
adjective
1.
easily excused or forgiven: a venial error
Derived Forms
veniality (ˌviːnɪ'ælɪtɪ) noun
venially, adverb
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Late Latin veniālis, from Latin venia forgiveness; related to Latin venus love
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Word Origin and History for veniality

venial

adj.

c.1300, from Old French venial, from Latin venialis "pardonable," from venia "forgiveness, indulgence, pardon," related to venus "sexual love, desire" (see Venus).

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