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venial sin

noun, Roman Catholic Church.
1.
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
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400
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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

noun
1.
(Christianity) a sin regarded as involving only a partial loss of grace Compare mortal sin
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