venial


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venial

pardonable; trifling; not seriously wrong: His outburst in class was only a venial offense.
Not to be confused with:
venal – open to bribery; mercenary; corruptible: a venal administration prone to greed and deception

ve·ni·al

 (vē′nē-əl, vēn′yəl)
adj.
1. Easily excused or forgiven; pardonable: a venial offense.
2. Roman Catholic Church Minor, therefore warranting only temporal punishment.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin veniālis, from Latin venia, forgiveness; see wen- in Indo-European roots.]

ve′ni·al′i·ty (vē′nē-ăl′ĭ-tē, vēn-yăl′-), ve′ni·al·ness (vē′nē-əl-nĭs, vēn′yəl-) n.
ve′ni·al·ly adv.

venial

(ˈviːnɪəl)
adj
easily excused or forgiven: a venial error.
[C13: via Old French from Late Latin veniālis, from Latin venia forgiveness; related to Latin venus love]
veniality, venialness n
ˈvenially adv

ve•ni•al

(ˈvi ni əl, ˈvin yəl)

adj.
1. able to be forgiven or pardoned: venial offenses.
2. excusable; trifling; minor: a venial error.
[1250–1300; < Medieval Latin veniālis < Latin veni(a) grace, favor, indulgence (akin to venus; see venerate, Venus)]
ve`ni•al′i•ty, n.
ve′ni•al•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.venial - warranting only temporal punishment; "venial sin"
theology, divinity - the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth
pardonable - admitting of being pardoned
2.venial - easily excused or forgiven; "a venial error"
pardonable - admitting of being pardoned

venial

adjective forgivable, minor, slight, trivial, insignificant, allowable, excusable, pardonable If he had faults, they were venial ones.

venial

adjective
Admitting of forgiveness or pardon:
Translations
bocsánatoselnézhetőmegbocsátható

venial

[ˈviːnɪəl] ADJvenial; [error, fault] → leve

venial

adjverzeihlich, entschuldbar; venial sinlässliche Sünde

venial

[ˈviːnɪəl] adj (Rel) (frm) (sin) → veniale
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Yet it appeared to me that we were all, at Bly, sufficiently sacrificed to make that venial. "I don't think your uncle much cares."
'Helen, the world may look upon such offences as venial; a few unprincipled mothers may be anxious to catch a young man of fortune without reference to his character; and thoughtless girls may be glad to win the smiles of so handsome a gentleman, without seeking to penetrate beyond the surface; but you, I trusted, were better informed than to see with their eyes, and judge with their perverted judgment.
The hilltop, the cool air of the night, the company of the great monuments, the sight of the city under his feet, with its hills and valleys and crossing files of lamps, drew him by all he had of the poetic, and he turned that way; and by that quite innocent deflection, ripened the crop of his venial errors for the sickle of destiny.
Even theft, so venial a crime among the Indians, had recently been punished with hanging, by sentence of a chief.
The predetermined adversary, on the other hand, can have been governed by no venial motive whatever.
"Your services had been great," Lord Robert said, "and your fault was but venial."
While he spoke, however, the young soldier seized his rifle, and advancing toward the front, prepared to atone for his venial remissness, by freely exposing his life in defense of those he attended.
It was suffered to fade out of sight or be reckoned a venial matter, in the Honorable Judge Pyncheon's long subsequent survey of his own life.
“Surely, sir,” cried the impatient Elizabeth, “those laws that condemn a man like the Leather-Stocking to so severe a punishment, for an offence that even I must think very venial, cannot be perfect in themselves.”
This, it must be confessed, was a slightly malicious stroke; the reader must judge in what degree the offense was venial. Newman knew that the marquise disliked his telegrams, though he could see no sufficient reason for it.
Bounderby, as to be regardless of this vice in your brother, or inclined to consider it a venial offence.'
Intrinsically the deceit had been quite venial, the reason for it obviously the reason that Raffles had given me.