Venial sin
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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  • Venial sin — Sin Sin, n. [OE. sinne, AS. synn, syn; akin to D. zonde, OS. sundia, OHG. sunta, G. s[ u]nde, Icel., Dan. & Sw. synd, L. sons, sontis, guilty, perhaps originally from the p. pr. of the verb signifying, to be, and meaning, the one who it is. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Venial sin — According to Roman Catholicism, a venial sin (meaning forgivable sin) is a lesser sin that does not result in a complete separation from God and eternal damnation in Hell. A venial sin involves a partial loss of grace from God. Definition A… …   Wikipedia

  • venial sin — noun a pardonable sin regarded as entailing only a partial loss of grace • Ant: ↑mortal sin • Hypernyms: ↑sin, ↑sinning * * * noun, pl ⋯ sins [count] in the Roman Catholic Church : a sin (such as stealing something small) that is not very serious …   Useful english dictionary

  • venial sin — sin that can be forgiven …   English contemporary dictionary

  • venial sin — noun A sin that is not a mortal sin; a sin that is not grave, or was not deliberate or was committed without a full understanding of the consequences. Ant: mortal sin, deadly sin …   Wiktionary

  • venial sin — ve′nial sin′ n. Rom. Cath. Ch. rel a sin that does not deprive the soul of divine grace either because it is a minor offense or because it was committed without full consent or understanding of its seriousness Compare mortal sin • Etymology:… …   From formal English to slang

  • venial sin — noun Date: 14th century 1. a sin that is relatively slight or that is committed without full reflection or consent and so according to Thomist theology does not deprive the soul of sanctifying grace compare mortal sin 2. a minor offense …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • venial sin — /viniəl ˈsɪn/ (say veeneeuhl sin) noun 1. Roman Catholic Church a relatively slight breaking of God s law which does not involve the loss of sanctifying grace but which retards the attainment of final union with God. Compare mortal sin. 2. any… …   Australian English dictionary

  • venial sin — Rom. Cath. Ch. a transgression against the law of God that does not deprive the soul of divine grace either because it is a minor offense or because it was committed without full understanding of its seriousness or without full consent of the… …   Universalium

  • venial sin — (Rom. Cath. Theol.) Remissible sin …   New dictionary of synonyms

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