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"
References in classic literature ?
A venial sin, for you acted without evil intention.
And every time we commit a venial sin, we are somehow inflicting more pain to His wounds.
If history has failed to curb one mortal and venial sin, it has been the ever-intensifying lust for war and gluttony.
They believed in three types of sin the original sin, the venial sin and the mortal sin.
A radio ad for a product commits the venial sin of telling listeners a product "cannot" do something.
All this is new in a Church which has been stuck for centuries on formal protocol, on proper respect to the hierarchy, on obedience to authority, on fidelity to doctrine, and which is obsessed with mortal and venial sin, specially in regard to sex.
Can we not treat the infraction as a mere venial sin?
The venial sin is that which may be forgiven or pardoned, whereas the mortal, or deadly, sin is that for which no forgiveness can be expected.
We old-timers remember the childhood effort we put into learning whether a latecomer to Sunday Mass was guilty of a mortal or venial sin. Our teachers told us exactly what to look for: "If the chalice on the altar is still covered, you committed just a venial sin, but if it's uncovered, you have to go to confession as soon as possible.
Is it a mortal sin or a venial sin to hate the brother who bullies her?
Gluttony is a venial sin when one yields to the pleasure of eating and drinking in an immoderate manner, yet without falling into grave excess, and without exposing oneself to violate a grave precept.
We position gambling as a mortal sin (at least where baseball bookies are concerned), but cheating as no sin or a venial sin because of its newly redefined meaning.