Definition of venial in English:

venial

Syllabification: ve·ni·al
Pronunciation: /ˈvēnēəl, ˈvēnyəl
 
/

adjective

Christian Theology

Derivatives

veniality

Pronunciation: /ˌvēnēˈalətē/
noun
More example sentences
  • Given the veniality of some of the poorest countries' administrations, this is a harsh call.
  • Maybe there is some connection here, but its very odd to describe anyone as motivated by veniality.
  • Is this supposed to show the veniality and pettiness of a typical cabinet office?

venially

adverb
More example sentences
  • Stealing a candy bar, for example, may be judged venially sinful because of its relative parvity of matter.
  • It was at best only venially sinful for procreative purposes within marriage.
  • Envy can be mortally or venially sinful according to its degree of gravity and, as a capital sin, it leads to other sins.

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from late Latin venialis, from venia 'forgiveness'.

Usage

See venal (usage).

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