Sentence Examples


  • Dryden, while compelled to honour him as an upright judge, overwhelmed his memory with scathing, if venal, satire; and Dryden's satire has been accepted as truth by later historians.
  • As a matter of fact, no man was more free or outspoken in his criticism of the policy of his employers than this apparently venal writer.
  • During the 140 days of his imprisonment there he wrote the marvellous Iambes (in alternate lines of 12 and 8 syllables), which hiss and stab like poisoned bullets, and which were transmitted to his family by a venal gaoler.
  • The practice of pulling down the ancient monuments to be used as building material, which was connived at by venal officials, was strictly prohibited.
  • Procopius complains that he and Tribonian were always repealing old laws and enacting new ones, and accuses them of venal motives for doing so.

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