Origin of venial
Examples from the Web for venial
The SEC charging Goldman with securities fraud is like the Vatican charging a priest with venial sin.
We attempted to convey by our silence that Mr. Strangways' single fault was a trifling, a venial one.Merry-Garden and Other Stories|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
But vanity, though unconquerably rooted in me by nature and habit, was no longer overlooked as a venial error.Discipline|Mary Brunton
I had not meant, however, to expatiate upon his defects, which are of the slenderest and most venial kind.Hawthorne|Henry James, Junr.
British Dictionary definitions for venial
Word Origin for venial
Word Origin and History for venial
c.1300, from Old French venial, from Latin venialis "pardonable," from venia "forgiveness, indulgence, pardon," related to venus "sexual love, desire" (see Venus).