Meaning of “venial” in the English Dictionary


"venial" in English

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uk /ˈviː.ni.əl/ us /ˈviː.ni.əl/ formal

If a wrong action is venial, it is not serious and therefore easy to forgive:

a venial sin/error
Note: Do not confuse with venal.

(Definition of “venial” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)