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adjective: Minor; easily excused.
From Latin venia (forgiveness). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wen- (to desire or to strive for), which is also the source of wish, win, ween, overweening, venerate, venison, Venus, and banyan. Earliest documented use: before 1300.
"Wealthy fraudsters are given chieftaincy titles and venerated, and their nefarious deeds are euphemistically tagged venial."
Chiedu Uche Okoye; Victims of Illusion; Daily Independent (Nigeria); Jun 27, 2011.
"The production takes a few venial liberties with the text."
Ben Brantley; Railing at a Money-Mad World; The New York Times; Jul 1, 2010.
See more usage examples of venial in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
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