What does venial mean?

Definitions for venial
ˈvi ni əl, ˈvin yəlve·nial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. minor, venialadjective

    warranting only temporal punishment

    "venial sin"

  2. excusable, forgivable, venialadjective

    easily excused or forgiven

    "a venial error"

Wiktionary

  1. venialadjective

    Pardonable; able to be forgiven

    A venial sin.

    Etymology: From venial, from venialis, from venia

  2. venialadjective

    Excusable; trifling

    His venial youthful indiscretions.

    Etymology: From venial, from venialis, from venia

Webster Dictionary

  1. Venialadjective

    capable of being forgiven; not heinous; excusable; pardonable; as, a venial fault or transgression

    Etymology: [OF. venial, F. vniel, L. venialis, from venia forgiveness, pardon, grace, favor, kindness; akin to venerari to venerate. See Venerate.]

  2. Venialadjective

    allowed; permitted

    Etymology: [OF. venial, F. vniel, L. venialis, from venia forgiveness, pardon, grace, favor, kindness; akin to venerari to venerate. See Venerate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Venial

    vē′ni-al, adj. pardonable: excusable: allowed.—adv. Vē′nially.—ns. Vē′nialness, Venial′ity.—Venial sin (see Mortal). [Fr.,—L. venialis, pardonable—venia, pardon.]

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  1. alevin, leavin', valine

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of venial in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of venial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of venial in a Sentence

  1. Francis de Sales:

    Marital intercourse is certainly holy, lawful and praiseworthy in itself and profitable to society, yet in certain circumstances it can prove dangerous, as when through excess the soul is made sick with venial sin, or through the violation and perversion of its primary end, killed by mortal sin; such perversion, detestable in proportion to its departure from the true order, being always mortal sin, for it is never lawful to exclude the primary end of marriage which is the procreation of children.

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