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Thursday, October 02, 2003

Definitions for venal

  1. Capable of being bought or obtained for money or other valuable consideration; held for sale; salable; purchasable.
  2. Capable of being corrupted.
  3. Marked by or associated with bribery and corrupt dealings.

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Citations for venal
Not everything was so venal in this operation, however. Sometimes votes were bought outright, but this was frowned on if the sums were too high. Kenneth R. Johnston, The Hidden Wordsworth
The news items accumulate to project an image of French politics as venal, power-mongering, and posing a crazy threat to all those values of humanity and civilization that Picasso's work had always embraced. Rosalind E. Krauss, The Picasso Papers
Origin of venal
Venal comes from the Latin venalis, from venum, "sale." It is related to vendor and vending machine. Be careful not to confuse it with venial, "easily excused or forgiven."