Definition of venal in English:

venal

Syllabification: ve·nal
Pronunciation: /ˈvēnl
 
/

adjective

Showing or motivated by susceptibility to bribery: why should these venal politicians care how they are rated? their generosity had been at least partly venal
More example sentences
  • Leaders have offered the people little but venal, corrupt governance for decades.
  • That said, of course there are many self serving, venal politicians.
  • But politicians are expected to be venal and self-serving if given the chance.
Synonyms
corrupt, corruptible, bribable, open to bribery; dishonest, dishonorable, untrustworthy, unscrupulous, unprincipled; mercenary, greedy
informal crooked

Origin

mid 17th century (in the sense 'available for purchase', referring to merchandise or a favor): from Latin venalis, from venum 'thing for sale'.

Usage

Venal and venial are sometimes confused. Venal means ‘corrupt, able to be bribed, or involving bribery’: local customs officials are notoriously venal, and smuggling thrives. Venial is used to describe a sin or offense that is ‘pardonable, excusable, not mortal’: in our high school, smoking cigarettes was a venial sin.

Derivatives

venality

Pronunciation: /vēˈnalətē, və-/
noun
More example sentences
  • Back then, the venality of the criminals was often matched by the corruption of the police.
  • One after another, scandal stories have tumbled onto front pages during the past month - tales of sordid excess, gross stupidity, evil venality and troubling secrecy in high places.
  • It's not like we've a shortage of venality, corruption and lust (not to mention hypocrisy) in this country.

venally

adverb
More example sentences
  • The argument seemed so compellingly moral and just, the counter-argument so venally self-interested.
  • Lately, I've been thinking a lot about history of this industry and how stupidly and/or venally it has been managed.
  • Children are quite capable, I think, of appreciating when playing along is to their advantage and, less venally, when playing along is something they think will please their parents.

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