Thursday, October 03, 2002
Definitions for venial
- Capable of being forgiven; not heinous; excusable; pardonable.
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Citations for venial
Look less severely on a venial error.
His mistake might in other circumstances have seemed a venial one.
Origin of venial
Venial comes from Latin venia, "grace, indulgence, favor." It is not to be confused with venal, which means "capable of being bought; salable; open to bribery," and comes from Latin venum "sale." Remember that venial, like sin, has an i in it.