- that may be forgiven; pardonable
- that may be excused or overlooked; excusable: said as of an error or fault
- Theol. not causing spiritual death: said of sin either not serious in itself or, if serious, not adequately recognized as such or not committed with full consent of one's will
Origin of venialOld French ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin venialis, pardonable, origin, originally , gracious ; from Classical Latin venia, a grace, favor, akin to venus, love: see Venus
- Easily excused or forgiven; pardonable: a venial offense.
- Roman Catholic Church Minor, therefore warranting only temporal punishment.
Origin of venialMiddle English, from Old French, from Late Latin venialis, from Latin venia, forgiveness; see wen-1 in Indo-European roots.
- ve′ni·al′i·ty , ve′ni·al·ness
(comparative more venial, superlative most venial)
From Old French venial, from Late Latin veniÄlis (“pardonable"), from Latin venia (“forgiveness")