Definition of venality in US English:



  • See venal

    • ‘Back then, the venality of the criminals was often matched by the corruption of the police.’
    • ‘One after another, scandal stories have tumbled onto front pages during the past month - tales of sordid excess, gross stupidity, evil venality and troubling secrecy in high places.’
    • ‘Accusations of venality, incompetence and corruption dogged him throughout his career, and history has rarely been kind to him.’
    • ‘They blame their current troubles mostly on the corruption, venality and incompetence of local officials.’
    • ‘It's not like we've a shortage of venality, corruption and lust (not to mention hypocrisy) in this country.’