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]

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  • venialness — noun see venial …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • venialness — See veniality. * * * …   Universalium

  • venialness — ve·nial·ness …   English syllables

  • venialness — noun see venial …   Useful english dictionary

  • Veniality — Ve ni*al i*ty, n. The quality or state of being venial; venialness. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • venial — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French veniel, from Late Latin venialis, from Latin venia favor, indulgence, pardon; akin to Latin venus love, charm more at win Date: 14th century of a kind that can be remitted ; forgivable,… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • venial — veniality, venialness, n. venially, adv. /vee nee euhl, veen yeuhl/, adj. 1. able to be forgiven or pardoned; not seriously wrong, as a sin (opposed to mortal). 2. excusable; trifling; minor: a venial error; a venial offense. [1250 1300; ME < ML… …   Universalium

  • venial — /ˈviniəl / (say veeneeuhl) adjective 1. that may be forgiven or pardoned; not seriously wrong, as a sin (opposed to mortal). 2. excusable, as an error or slip. {Middle English, from Latin veniālis, from venia pardon} –veniality /viniˈæləti/ (say… …   Australian English dictionary

  • venial — adj. (of a sin or fault) pardonable, excusable; not mortal. Derivatives: veniality n. venially adv. venialness n. Etymology: ME f. OF f. LL venialis f. venia forgiveness …   Useful english dictionary

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