Venial

Ve"ni*al

(?), a. [OF. venial, F. vniel, 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.
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So they do nothing, 't is a venial slip.
Shak.
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2. Allowed; permitted. [Obs.] "Permitting him the while venial discourse unblamed." Milton.
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Venial sin (R. C. Theol.), a sin which weakens, but does not wholly destroy, sanctifying grace, as do mortal, or deadly, sins.
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-- Ve"ni*al*ly, adv. -- Ve"ni*al*ness, n. Bp. Hall.
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