venial sin


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venial sin

n. Roman Catholic Church
An offense that is judged to be minor or committed without deliberate intent and thus does not estrange the soul from the grace of God.

venial sin

n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity a sin regarded as involving only a partial loss of grace. Compare mortal sin

ve′nial sin′


n.
Rom. Cath. Ch.
a sin that does not deprive the soul of divine grace either because it is a minor offense or because it was committed without full consent or understanding of its seriousness. Compare mortal sin.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.venial sin - a pardonable sin regarded as entailing only a partial loss of grace
sinning, sin - an act that is regarded by theologians as a transgression of God's will
deadly sin, mortal sin - an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace; "theologians list seven mortal sins"
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However, "conditions of anxiety or other psychological or social factors that lessen or even extenuate moral culpability,'' making it a venial sin.
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Lehmkuhl, for example, stressed that receiving communion once or twice a week demanded that the individual be free of inclination even to venial sin, let alone mortal sin.
That is only a venial sin, whereas child rape is rather a mortal one.
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On these occasions, Aquinas declared, the utterance constitutes a venial sin because it did not involve rational choice.
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