de Villefort insignificant, or else dictated by venal
ambition," These words were an allusion to the sentiments which the minister of police had uttered with so much confidence an hour before.
A little corrupt, venal
, lord-and-king-cursed nation, full or mucky pride (as they say in shire), and helpless pauperism; rotten with abuses, worm-eaten with prejudices
Yes, dear boy," he continued, "I have met loving, noble, high-minded men, but I have not yet met any women- countesses or cooks- who were not venal
There was another attraction in his profession: it wanted reform, and gave a man an opportunity for some indignant resolve to reject its venal
decorations and other humbug, and to be the possessor of genuine though undemanded qualifications.
Gluttonous wasters' are there, lazy beggars, lying pilgrims, corrupt friars and pardoners, venal
lawyers, and, with a lively touch of realistic humour, cooks and their 'knaves' crying, 'Hot pies
His own good heart pleaded her cause; not as a cold venal
advocate, but as one interested in the event, and which must itself deeply share in all the agonies its owner brought on another.
By some chance the little table at which I sat had escaped the eye of incomers, and two vacant chairs at it extended their arms with venal
hospitality to the influx of patrons.
It was a great piece of luck for him, he reflected; because women are seldom venal
after the manner of men, who can be bought for material considerations.
Despicable trickery at elections; under-handed tamperings with public officers; cowardly attacks upon opponents, with scurrilous newspapers for shields, and hired pens for daggers; shameful trucklings to mercenary knaves, whose claim to be considered, is, that every day and week they sow new crops of ruin with their venal
types, which are the dragon's teeth of yore, in everything but sharpness; aidings and abettings of every bad inclination in the popular mind, and artful suppressions of all its good influences: such things as these, and in a word, Dishonest Faction in its most depraved and most unblushing form, stared out from every corner of the crowded hall.
I predict the venal
young women will earn rich pickings touring schools and clubs warning the daft of the dangers of smuggling.
Lily rebels against her protective father's desire to make her marry a venal
but wealthy creditor, and runs away with Deshi.
Naively I had assumed for years that African-Americans dealt in paranoia, I am now rudely aware that the venal
claws of slavery are still firmly embedded.