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  • 1Christian Theology
    Denoting a sin that is not regarded as depriving the soul of divine grace.

    Often contrasted with mortal

    ‘we cannot prevent ourselves sometimes from dreaming of performing venial if not mortal sins’
    • ‘everything I've disclosed up to now can be seen as venial’
    • ‘Faught is guilty of this offense, but the sin is a venial one.’
    • ‘Yet despite their magnitude, these sins are of the venial rather than the mortal variety.’
    • ‘So does Michelle consider Tony's slip of the tongue and miraculous recovery of memory a venial or a mortal sin?’
    • ‘Confession had always rested on a clear distinction between mortal and venial sins.’
    • ‘If that's not a mortal sin, it's got to be up there on the venial meter.’
    1. 1.1(of a fault or offense) slight and pardonable.
      ‘It was a venial mistake on Hume's part to include a reference to the mind's propensity in what was supposed to be a definition of causality.’
      • ‘Epstein openly admits to some ignoble if venial attitudes.’
      • ‘Even quite venial offenders were sentenced to death.’
      • ‘For a start, it's hard to imagine a more venial form of corruption than merely speeding along someone's visa application.’
      • ‘Luckily, the production is strong enough elsewhere for this to remain a venial sin.’
      pardonable, forgivable, excusable, condonable, tolerable, permissible, allowable, understandable, justifiable
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/ˈvēnēəl/ /ˈviniəl/


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Middle English via Old French from late Latin venialis, from venia ‘forgiveness’.