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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Venial  \Ve"ni*al\,  a.  [OF.  venial,  F.  v['e]niel,  L.  venialis 
  from  venia  forgiveness,  pardon,  grace,  favor,  kindness;  akin 
  to  venerari  to  venerate.  See  {Venerate}.] 
  1.  Capable  of  being  forgiven;  not  heinous;  excusable; 
  pardonable;  as  a  venial  fault  or  transgression. 
 
  So  they  do  nothing,  't  is  a  venial  slip.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Allowed;  permitted.  [Obs.]  ``Permitting  him  the  while 
  venial  discourse  unblamed.''  --Milton. 
 
  {Venial  sin}  (R.  C.  Theol.),  a  sin  which  weakens,  but  does 
  not  wholly  destroy,  sanctifying  grace,  as  do  mortal,  or 
  deadly,  sins.  --  {Ve"ni*al*ly},  adv  --  {Ve"ni*al*ness}, 
  n.  --Bp.  Hall. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  venial 
  adj  1:  (theology)  warranting  only  temporal  punishment;  "venial  sin" 
  [syn:  {minor}] 
  2:  easily  excused  or  forgiven;  "a  venial  error"  [syn:  {excusable}, 
  {forgivable}] 




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