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Word of the Day 06/28/15 Venial

Venial (adjective)
venial [vee-nee-uh l, veen-yuh l]


adjective
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
venal.

Synonyms
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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