venal


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ve·nal

 (vē′nəl)
adj.
1.
a. Open to bribery; mercenary: a venal police officer.
b. Characterized by corrupt dealings, especially bribery: a venal arrangement between the police and the drug dealers.
2. Archaic Obtainable for a price.

[Latin vēnālis, from vēnum, sale; see wes- in Indo-European roots.]

ve′nal·ly adv.

venal

(ˈviːnəl)
adj
1. easily bribed or corrupted; mercenary: a venal magistrate.
2. characterized by corruption: a venal civilization.
3. open to purchase, esp by bribery: a venal contract.
[C17: from Latin vēnālis, from vēnum sale]
venality n
ˈvenally adv

ve•nal

(ˈvin l)

adj.
1. open to bribery or corruption: a venal judge.
2. able to be purchased, as by a bribe: venal acquittals.
3. associated with or characterized by bribery.
[1645–55; < Latin vēnālis=vēn(um) for sale (compare vend) + -ālis -al1]
ve•nal′i•ty, n.
ve′nal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.venal - capable of being corruptedvenal - capable of being corrupted; "corruptible judges"; "dishonest politicians"; "a purchasable senator"; "a venal police officer"
corrupt - lacking in integrity; "humanity they knew to be corrupt...from the day of Adam's creation"; "a corrupt and incompetent city government"

venal

adjective corrupt, bent (slang), crooked (informal), prostituted, grafting (informal), mercenary, sordid, rapacious, unprincipled, dishonourable, corruptible, purchasable venal and totally corrupt politicians
principled, upright, honourable, honest, law-abiding, incorruptible

venal

adjective
1. Capable of being bribed:
2. Ruthlessly seeking personal advantage:
Informal: crooked.
3. Marked by dishonesty, especially in matters of public trust:
Informal: crooked.
Translations

venal

[ˈviːnl] ADJ [person] → venal, sobornable; [action] → corrupto, corrompido

venal

[ˈviːnəl] adj [person] → vénal(e)
venal politicians → des politiciens vénaux

venal

adj (liter) personkäuflich, feil (liter); practiceskorrupt

venal

[ˈviːnl] adj (frm) → venale

venal

a. venal, rel. a las venas.
References in classic literature ?
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.