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venial

[ vee-nee-uhl, veen-yuhl ]
/ ˈvi ni əl, ˈvin yəl /
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adjective

able to be forgiven or pardoned; not seriously wrong, as a sin (opposed to mortal).
excusable; trifling; minor: a venial error; a venial offense.

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Origin of venial

1250–1300; Middle English <Medieval Latin veniālis, equivalent to Latin veni(a) grace, favor, indulgence (akin to venus;see venerate, Venus) + -ālis-al1

OTHER WORDS FROM venial

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH venial

venal, venial
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British Dictionary definitions for venial

venial
/ (ˈviːnɪəl) /

adjective

easily excused or forgivena venial error

Derived forms of venial

veniality (ˌviːnɪ'ælɪtɪ), nounvenially, adverb

Word Origin for venial

C13: via Old French from Late Latin veniālis, from Latin venia forgiveness; related to Latin venus love
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