- The definition of venal is corrupt or willing to take bribes.
An example of someone venal is a policeman who will take bribes.
- Now Rare capable of being obtained for a price: venal services
- that can readily be bribed or corrupted: a venal judge
- characterized by bribery or corruption: a venal bargain
Origin of venalClassical Latin venalis, salable, for sale ; from an unverified form venus, sale ; from Indo-European an unverified form wesno-, price from source Sanskrit vasná-, price, payment, Classical Greek ōnos, price
- a. Open to bribery; mercenary: a venal police officer.b. Characterized by corrupt dealings, especially bribery: a venal arrangement between the police and the drug dealers.
- Archaic Obtainable for a price.
Origin of venalLatin vēnālis, from vēnum, sale; see wes-3 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more venal, superlative most venal)