Examples of venial in a Sentence
taking the restaurant's menu as a souvenir seems like a venial offense
Recent Examples of venial from the Web
Sins have been admitted to, or just disclosed, both venial and mortal, but this admission, because involuntary, is without contrition.
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Origin and Etymology of venial
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymscondonable, excusable, forgivable, pardonable, remissible, remittable
Antonymsindefensible, inexcusable, mortal, unforgivable, unjustifiable, unpardonable
Related Wordsjustifiable, redeemable; allowable, permissible; insignificant, minor, petty, trifling, trivial, unimportant; harmless, ignorable, tolerable
Near Antonymsabominable, criminal, damning, evil, heinous; sinful, vile, wicked
VENIAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of venial for English Language Learners
: not serious
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