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Thursday, October 03, 2002

venial

\VEE-nee-uhl\ , adjective;
1.
Capable of being forgiven; not heinous; excusable; pardonable.
Quotes:
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
Committing adultery was a mortal sin, while eating meat on Fridayswas a venial sin.
-- Sheryl McCarthy, "O'Connor Proposal for Meatless Day Is Thoughtless", Newsday, August 12, 1996
Origin:
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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