venial

adjective ve·nial \ ˈvē-nē-əl , -nyəl \

Definition of venial

: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

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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


VENIAL Defined for English Language Learners

venial

adjective

Definition of venial for English Language Learners

  • : not serious



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