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venial sin

noun, Roman Catholic Church.
a transgression against the law of God that does not deprive the soul of divine grace either because it is a minor offense or because it was committed without full understanding of its seriousness or without full consent of the will.
Compare mortal sin.
Origin of venial sin
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • O quiet paths of algebra, you are my excuse for this venial sin!

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • This is a lover's most stoical virtue, as the lack of it is a lover's most venial sin.

  • That which was a venial sin, they told me was no sin at all; of that which was most grievously mortal, they said it was venial.

  • Even the gratification of idle curiosity with demons was merely a venial sin.

  • A few minutes of such intense suffering might atone for more than one venial sin.

    Barren Honour: A Novel George A. Lawrence
  • Although he had not completed his studies, he frequently showed the difference between a mortal and a venial sin of thought.

    The Autobiography of St. Ignatius Saint Ignatius Loyola
  • In damning others, there may be disorder enough to constitute a venial sin, without any greater malice.

    Explanation of Catholic Morals

    John H. Stapleton
  • In other words, is there nothing but venial sin in thefts of little values, or is there only one big sin at the end?

    Explanation of Catholic Morals

    John H. Stapleton
  • It would have been more than a venial sin, if you had kissed and blessed a rebel in the very act of his rebellion.

    Remember the Alamo Amelia E. Barr
British Dictionary definitions for venial sin

venial sin

(Christianity) a sin regarded as involving only a partial loss of grace Compare mortal sin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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