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venal

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adjective ve·nal \ˈvē-nəl\

Simple Definition of venal

  • : willing to do dishonest things in return for money

Full Definition of venal

  1. 1 :  capable of being bought or obtained for money or other valuable consideration :  purchasable; especially :  open to corrupt influence and especially bribery :  mercenary <a venal legislator>

  2. 2 :  originating in, characterized by, or associated with corrupt bribery <a venal arrangement with the police>

ve·nal·i·ty play \vi-ˈna-lə-tē\ noun
ve·nal·ly play \ˈvē-nəl-ē\ adverb

Examples of venal

  1. <that judge is known for being venal and easily bought>



Origin of venal

Latin venalis, from venum (accusative) sale; akin to Greek ōneisthai to buy, Sanskrit vasna price


First Known Use: 1652



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