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venial sin

noun

in the Roman Catholic Church : a sin (such as stealing something small) that is not very serious and will not result in punishment that lasts forever

Full Definition of VENIAL SIN

1
:  a sin that is relatively slight or that is committed without full reflection or consent and so according to Thomist theology does not deprive the soul of sanctifying grace — compare mortal sin
2
:  a minor offense

First Known Use of VENIAL SIN

14th century

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