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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ve′nial sin′*(n.)

  1. 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.

    Category: Religion

    Ref: Compare mortal sin.

* Rom. Cath. Ch..

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. venial sin(noun)

    a pardonable sin regarded as entailing only a partial loss of grace


  1. 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.


  1. Venial sin

    According to Roman Catholicism, a venial 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. They do not break one's friendship with God, but injure it.


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