Variant of venial
- 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: OFr from Ecclesiastical Late Latin venialis, pardonable, origin, originally , gracious from Classical Latin venia, a grace, favor, akin to venus, love: see Venus
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