Venial meaning

vē'nē-əl, vēn'yəl
Minor, therefore warranting only temporal punishment.
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Easily excused or forgiven; pardonable.

A venial offense.

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That may be forgiven; pardonable.
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That may be excused or overlooked; excusable.
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Not causing spiritual death.
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Pardonable; able to be forgiven.

A venial sin.

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His venial youthful indiscretions.

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Origin of venial

  • Middle English from Old French from Late Latin veniālis from Latin venia forgiveness wen-1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French venial, from Late Latin veniālis (“pardonable"), from Latin venia (“forgiveness")
    From Wiktionary