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
More example sentences
- 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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Syllabification: ve·ni·al sin
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