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Word of the Day 07/13/19 Venal

Venal (adjective)
venal [ veen-l ]


adjective
1. willing to sell one's influence, especially in return for a bribe; open to bribery; mercenary: a venal judge.
2. able to be purchased, as by a bribe: venal acquittals.
3. associated with or characterized by bribery: a venal administration; venal agreements.

RELATED FORMS
ve·nal·ly, adverb
non·ve·nal, adjective
non·ve·nal·ly, adverb
un·ve·nal, adjective

CAN BE CONFUSED
venial

RELATED WORDS
unscrupulous, crooked, immoral, dishonest, corrupt, unethical, amoral, bent, double-dealing, mercenary, padded, unprincipled, unprofessional, conscienceless, purchasable, buyable

SYNONYMS
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1. bribable, corruptible.

SYNONYM STUDY
1. See corrupt.

ANTONYMS
1. incorruptible.

Origin: 1645–55; < Latin vēnālis, equivalent to vēn(um) (accusative) for sale (cf. vend) + -ālis -al

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