What does venality mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. venality(noun)

    prostitution of talents or offices or services for reward


  1. venality(Noun)

    the fact or state of being for sale, especially with reference to bribes or corruption

  2. Origin: From French vénalité or Latin vēnālitās from vēnālis ‘venal’ from vēnum.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Venality(noun)

    the quality or state of being venal, or purchasable; mercenariness; prostitution of talents, offices, or services, for money or reward; as, the venality of a corrupt court; the venality of an official

  2. Origin: [L. venalitas: cf. F. vnalit.]


  1. Venality

    Venality is a vice associated with being bribeable or of selling one's services or power, especially when one should act justly instead. In its most recognizable form, dishonesty, venality causes people to lie and steal for their personal advantage, and is related to bribery and nepotism, among other vices. Venality in its mild form is a vice notable especially among those with government or military careers. In these fields, one is supposed to act with justice and honor and not accept bribes. That ensures that the organization is not susceptible to self-interested parties. For people to accept settlements and legislation, the acts of the government must be seen as just. This perception enhances the legitimacy of the government. Venality is a term often used with reference to pre-revolutionary France, where it describes the then-widespread practice of selling administrative positions within the government to the highest bidder, especially regarding the Nobles of the Robe. The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as: ⁕The quality or fact of being for sale. ⁕The quality of being venal; readiness to give support or favour in return for profit or reward; prostitution of talents or principles for mercenary considerations.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of venality in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of venality in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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