venial

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adjective ve·nial \ˈvē-nē-əl, -nyəl\

Definition of venial

  1. :  of a kind that can be remitted :  forgivable, pardonable; also :  meriting no particular censure or notice :  excusable venial faults

venially

adverb

venialness

noun

Examples of venial in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of venial

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Late Latin veniālis, from Latin venia “favor, kindness, indulgence, pardon“ (derivative of a verbal base *wen- “desire,” whence also vener-, venus “sexual desire”) + -ālis 1-al — more at venus


First Known Use: 14th century


VENIAL Defined for English Language Learners

venial

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adjective ve·nial \ˈvē-nē-əl, -nyəl\

Definition of venial for English Language Learners

  • : not serious



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