Venial Definition

vēnē-əl, vēnyəl
adjective
That may be forgiven; pardonable.
Webster's New World
Minor, therefore warranting only temporal punishment.
American Heritage
That may be excused or overlooked; excusable.
Webster's New World
Not causing spiritual death.
Webster's New World
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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

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