Venality Ve*nal"i*ty, n. [L. venalitas: cf. F. v['e]nalit['e].] The quality or state of being venal, or purchasable; mercenariness; prostitution of talents, offices, or services, for money or reward; as, the venality of a corrupt court; the venality of an official. [1913 Webster]

Complaints of Roman venality became louder. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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