venial sin


noun Roman Catholic Church.

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.

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Origin of venial sin

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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British Dictionary definitions for venial sin

venial sin

noun

Christianity a sin regarded as involving only a partial loss of graceCompare mortal sin
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