(comparative more venially, superlative most venially)
- In a venial manner.
venial + -ly
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 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