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venial sin

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noun Roman 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.
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Compare mortal sin.

Origin of venial sin

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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Related Words for venial sin

impropriety, indiscretion, lapse, misstep, peccadillo, slight, slip, vice

British Dictionary definitions for venial sin

venial sin

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