adjective ve·nial \ˈvē-nē-əl, -nyəl\

: not serious

Full Definition of VENIAL

:  of a kind that can be remitted :  forgivable, pardonable; also :  meriting no particular censure or notice :  excusable <venial faults>
ve·nial·ly adverb
ve·nial·ness noun

Examples of VENIAL

  1. <taking the restaurant's menu as a souvenir seems like a venial offense>

Origin of VENIAL

Middle English, from Middle French veniel, from Late Latin venialis, from Latin venia favor, indulgence, pardon; akin to Latin venus love, charm — more at win
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with VENIAL


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