One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Denoting a sin that is not regarded as depriving the soul of divine grace.Often contrasted with mortal
- ‘Confession had always rested on a clear distinction between mortal and venial sins.’
- ‘Faught is guilty of this offense, but the sin is a venial one.’
- ‘Yet despite their magnitude, these sins are of the venial rather than the mortal variety.’
- ‘If that's not a mortal sin, it's got to be up there on the venial meter.’
- ‘So does Michelle consider Tony's slip of the tongue and miraculous recovery of memory a venial or a mortal sin?’
- 1.1 (of a fault or offense) slight and pardonable.
pardonable, forgivable, excusable, condonable, tolerable, permissible, allowable, understandable, justifiableView synonyms
- ‘Even quite venial offenders were sentenced to death.’
- ‘Epstein openly admits to some ignoble if venial attitudes.’
- ‘Luckily, the production is strong enough elsewhere for this to remain a venial sin.’
- ‘It was a venial mistake on Hume's part to include a reference to the mind's propensity in what was supposed to be a definition of causality.’
- ‘For a start, it's hard to imagine a more venial form of corruption than merely speeding along someone's visa application.’
Middle English: via Old French from late Latin venialis, from venia ‘forgiveness’.
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