from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Easily excused or forgiven; pardonable: a venial offense.
- adj. Roman Catholic Church Minor, therefore warranting only temporal punishment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Pardonable; able to be forgiven
- adj. Excusable; trifling
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Capable of being forgiven; not heinous; excusable; pardonable.
- adj. Allowed; permitted.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- That may be forgiven; pardonable; not very sinful or wrong: as, a venial sin or transgression. See sin, 1.
- Excusable; that may be allowed or permitted to pass without severe censure.
- Permissible; harmless; unobjectionable.
- Synonyms and Venial, Excusable, Pardonable. Excusable and pardonable are applied to things small and great, but pardonable primarily applies to greater offenses, as pardoning is a more serious act than excusing. Excusable may be applied where the offense is only in seeming. Venial applies to things actually done; the others may apply to infirmities and the like. Venial, by theological use, is often opposed, more or less clearly, to mortal.
- n. A venial sin or offense.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. warranting only temporal punishment
- adj. easily excused or forgiven
Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin veniālis, from Latin venia, forgiveness; see wen-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French venial, from Late Latin veniālis ("pardonable"), from Latin venia ("forgiveness") (Wiktionary)