Definition of venial sin in English:

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venial sin

Entry from US English dictionary


(In Roman Catholicism) a relatively slight sin that that does not entail damnation of the soul: she lost her patience, a venial sin she must report later to Father Damien
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  • But the attempt to involve Homeland Security in a state procedural dispute, and the possible cover-up of same - these are not venial sins.
  • Sanchez never mentions this, the real reason why Lott's venial sins were immediately seized upon and broadcast.
  • The Tradition says, ‘Pay attention to venial sin now so that it doesn't become mortal sin later.’
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