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Thursday, October 03, 2002

Definitions for venial

  1. Capable of being forgiven; not heinous; excusable; pardonable.

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Citations for venial
Look less severely on a venial error. Jean Racine, Phaedra (translated by Robert Bruce Boswell)
His mistake might in other circumstances have seemed a venial one. Michael Knox Beran, The Last Patrician
Origin of venial
1250-1300
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.
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