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Definition without integrity and motivated by money
  • have to work around the self serving, venal politicians so common on the African continent
  • Organized crime and venal police officers in the country, make it a less predictable business climate.
  • "Don't accuse Mrs. Bread of venality," said Newman.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • A venal moving-van company had revealed her address.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • At their worst, politicians (like the rest of us) can be petty, venal, and self-centered.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • If another complained of their venality, we replied, "Disfranchise them or put them in jail."
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • To the great lady she had given a heart vile and venal; to the SOUBRETTE she had given the heart of a duchess.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Those venal and furtive loves filled him with despair.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • But pride, venal pride, got the better of you.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • The great oil companies and railroads sprang from the chicanery and the venality of the robber barons, but they were not now what they were then.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Yes, dear boy," he continued, "I have met loving, noble, high-minded men, but I have not yet met any women—countesses or cooks—who were not venal.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • What more is needed by the venal souls which are born in courts, or which are worthy to live there?
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • We shared a wall between our sideshow tents, venally baring ourselves to the curious and craven.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • I know which lords are brave and which are craven, which are loyal and which are venal.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • The highborn and the low, the strong and the weak, the noble and the venal.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • In any case, thanks to his invention and German venality many Jews in Warsaw were saved from dying of typhus, if only to die another death later.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • Granted the exceptions, he agreed that all Englishwomen are haughty and venal.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • The venal little trolls.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • In former ages slavery has been advocated by the venal and slavish-minded, whilst the independent and the warm-hearted were struggling without hope to save the liberties of mankind.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • This peculiar felicity of situation has, in a great degree, contributed to preserve the liberty which that country to this day enjoys, in spite of the prevalent venality and corruption.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers

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