veniality

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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