Origin of venal
Related formsve·nal·ly, adverbnon·ve·nal, adjectivenon·ve·nal·ly, adverbun·ve·nal, adjective
Can be confusedvenal venial
Examples from the Web for venal
Only someone working for the “Venal Perverted West” would question it.Putin’s Dream of Empire Doesn’t Stop at Crimea, Or Even Ukraine|Oleg Shynkarenko|March 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For there to be any chance, all parties have to stop the venal and viral vitriol.
Decadent, venal, ineffective, stratified, anxiety-ridden, stumbling from one declared crisis to the next—who wants that?
On the Daily Show, Gates piled on, calling Congress “venal and small.”Rep. David Price Remembers When a Less Partisan Congress Actually Worked|Eleanor Clift|January 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The stereotypical congressperson is venal, petty, self-interested, and oblivious to the consequences of his or her actions.
His character for pecuniary integrity placed him above the suspicion of a venal motive.Thirty Years' View (Vol. I of 2)|Thomas Hart Benton
He wore fine clothes, gave dinners of several courses, paid court to venal beauties.The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 3. (of 4)|Thomas Babington Macaulay
Without dividing, he destroyed party; without corrupting, he made a venal age unanimous.
The tribune Manilius, a venal soul, and the debased instrument of the ambition of others.History of Julius Caesar Vol. 1 of 2|Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.
The deceptions of a venal passion are more delightful than the real thing.Cousin Betty|Honore de Balzac