- 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 veniālis 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")