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Definition easily excused or forgiven
  • If it was a sin, it was venial.
venial = easily excused or forgiven
  • a venial error
  • That's why they have different sins, the sacrilege, the mortal sin, the venial sin.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes
  • venial = easily excused or forgiven
  • Venial sins are lighter, like a rash instead of measles.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • venial = easily excused or forgiven
  • It was suffered to fade out of sight or be reckoned a venial matter, in the Honorable Judge Pyncheon's long subsequent survey of his own life.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • "The ghost," Bones said secretly, "the holy ghoooooo-st." Father Byrnes went on to discuss the difference between mortal and venial sins.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • A venial, or a mortal, sin?
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • So they do nothing, 'tis a venial slip: But if I give my wife a handkerchief,— OTHELLO.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • Yet it appeared to me that we were all, at Bly, sufficiently sacrificed to make that venial.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • Nevertheless, there may well have been periods of history when purgatory could not be hoped for; periods when it was impossible to speak of venial sin.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • This, it must be confessed, was a slightly malicious stroke; the reader must judge in what degree the offense was venial.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • The natural vigour in the venial sin Is the way in which our lives begin.
    T.S. Eliot  --  Murder in the Cathedral
  • Even from this venial act of vulgarity, however, Ralph was saved, and saved by a force that I can only speak of as inspiration.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • The predetermined adversary, on the other hand, can have been governed by no venial motive whatever.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • On the other hand, the predetermined adversary has no venial motive whatever.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • This is a lover's most stoical virtue, as the lack of it is a lover's most venial sin.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Even from this venial act of vulgarity, however, Ralph was saved, and saved by a force that I can only speak of as inspiration.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Careless fellow as I am, I am not so indifferent, Mrs. Bounderby, as to be regardless of this vice in your brother, or inclined to consider it a venial offence.'
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • There may be some fault even in this obedience; but the fault thus committed is venial; it is a fall, but a fall on the knees which may terminate in prayer.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • And the Venial Sins.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well

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