Venial Ve"ni*al, a. [OF. venial, F. v['e]niel, L. venialis, from venia forgiveness, pardon, grace, favor, kindness; akin to venerari to venerate. See {Venerate}.] 1. Capable of being forgiven; not heinous; excusable; pardonable; as, a venial fault or transgression. [1913 Webster]

So they do nothing, 't is a venial slip. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Allowed; permitted. [Obs.] ``Permitting him the while venial discourse unblamed.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Venial sin} (R. C. Theol.), a sin which weakens, but does not wholly destroy, sanctifying grace, as do mortal, or deadly, sins. [1913 Webster] -- {Ve"ni*al*ly}, adv. -- {Ve"ni*al*ness}, n. --Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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