Definition of venial sin in English:

venial sin


  • (in Roman Catholicism) a relatively slight sin that that does not entail damnation of the soul.

    ‘she lost her patience, a venial sin she must report later to Father Damien’
    • ‘But the attempt to involve Homeland Security in a state procedural dispute, and the possible cover-up of same - these are not venial sins.’
    • ‘Sanchez never mentions this, the real reason why Lott's venial sins were immediately seized upon and broadcast.’
    • ‘The Tradition says, ‘Pay attention to venial sin now so that it doesn't become mortal sin later.’’
    • ‘As earnings manipulation goes, it's a venial sin at best.’
    • ‘If a lie in itself only constitutes a venial sin, it becomes mortal when it does grave injury to the virtues of justice and charity.’
    • ‘Is it a venial sin to steal a pencil and a mortal sin to steal a car?’
    • ‘We say, on the contrary, that the papal pardons are not able to remove the very least of venial sins, so far as its guilt is concerned.’
    • ‘The scant sweepings of venial sins I was left to scavenge were hardly inspiring.’
    • ‘The commonplace and venial sins block scrutiny of the bizarre and mortal ones.’
    • ‘Confession had always rested on a clear distinction between mortal and venial sins.’
    • ‘A lie that causes injury is a mortal offence, but ‘harmless’ lies are still venial sins.’
    • ‘It's a tiny, venial sin, but it reenacts much larger, historic sins and haunts his next few visits to Pine Ridge.’
    • ‘One holds out the possibility that he did not read the book before endorsing it, which may be construed as only a venial sin.’
    • ‘Luckily, the production is strong enough elsewhere for this to remain a venial sin.’
    • ‘In Catholicism, one is warned to beware of venial sins because they lead so quickly to mortal sins.’
    • ‘His venial sin was thus raised to the level of commandment breach.’