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venial sin

noun

Simple Definition of venial sin

  • 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of venial sin

  1. 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. 2 :  a minor offense

14th Century

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14th century


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