venial [vee-nee-uh l, veen-yuh l]
1. able to be forgiven or pardoned; not seriously wrong, as a sin (opposed to mortal ).
2. excusable; trifling; minor: a venial error; a venial offense.
Can be confused
2. slight, pardonable, forgivable.
Origin: 1250-1300; Middle English < Medieval Latin venialis, equivalent to Latin veni (a) grace, favor, indulgence (akin to venus; see venerate, Venus ) + -alis -al
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