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English definition of “venal”

venal

adjective uk   /ˈviː.nəl/ formal us  
A venal person is willing to behave in a way that is not honest or moral in exchange for money: a venal ruler A venal activity is done in order to get money: a venal regime They are accused of being involved in venal practices.
venality
noun [U] uk   /viːˈnæl.ɪ.ti/ us    /vɪˈnæl.ə.t̬i/
(Definition of venal from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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