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

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — /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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