- 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: L venalis, salable, for sale from an unverified form venus, sale from Indo-European an unverified form wesno-, price from source Sanskrit vasná-, price, payment, Glassical Greek ōnos, price
- venally adverb
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- a. Open to bribery; mercenary: a venal police officer.b. Capable of betraying honor, duty, or scruples for a price; corruptible.
- Marked by corrupt dealings, especially bribery: a venal administration.
- Obtainable for a price.
Origin: Latin vēnālis, from vēnum, sale; see wes-3 in Indo-European roots.
- veˈnal·ly adverb