What does venial mean?

Definitions for venialˈvi ni əl, ˈvin yəl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word venial.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. minor, venial(adj)

    warranting only temporal punishment

    "venial sin"

  2. excusable, forgivable, venial(adj)

    easily excused or forgiven

    "a venial error"


  1. venial(Adjective)

    Pardonable; able to be forgiven

    A venial sin.

  2. venial(Adjective)

    Excusable; trifling

    His venial youthful indiscretions.

  3. Origin: From venial, from venialis, from venia

Webster Dictionary

  1. Venial(adj)

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

  2. Venial(adj)

    allowed; permitted

  3. Origin: [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.]

Anagrams for venial »

  1. alevin, leavin', valine


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  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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