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[vee-nee-uhl, veen-yuhl]
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  1. able to be forgiven or pardoned; not seriously wrong, as a sin (opposed to mortal).
  2. 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
Related formsve·ni·al·i·ty, ve·ni·al·ness, nounve·ni·al·ly, adverbun·ve·ni·al, adjectiveun·ve·ni·al·ly, adverbun·ve·ni·al·ness, nounun·ve·ni·al·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for veniality


  1. easily excused or forgivena venial error
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Derived Formsveniality (ˌviːnɪ'ælɪtɪ), nounvenially, adverb

Word Origin

C13: via Old French from Late Latin veniālis, from Latin venia forgiveness; related to Latin venus love
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Word Origin and History for veniality



c.1300, from Old French venial, from Latin venialis "pardonable," from venia "forgiveness, indulgence, pardon," related to venus "sexual love, desire" (see Venus).

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