- able to be forgiven or pardoned; not seriously wrong, as a sin (opposed to mortal).
- excusable; trifling; minor: a venial error; a venial offense.
Origin of venial
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- easily excused or forgivena venial error
C13: via Old French from Late Latin veniālis, from Latin venia forgiveness; related to Latin venus love
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper