venial sin

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nounRoman 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.

Origin of venial sin

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400

Words Nearby venial sin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use venial sin in a sentence

  • O quiet paths of algebra, you are my excuse for this venial sin!

    The Life of the Fly | J. Henri Fabre

British Dictionary definitions for venial sin

venial sin

  1. Christianity a sin regarded as involving only a partial loss of grace: Compare mortal sin

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