A Word A Day : Venal

Word of 15th July 2007: A Word A Day-Venal


( Adjective )

Venal (VEEN ul): capable of being bribed, willing to do anything for money, corrupt

The venal judge reversed his favorable ruling when the defendant refused to make good on his promised bribe.

The young man's interest in helping the sick old woman was strictly venal. He figured that if he was kind to her, she would leave him a lot of money in her will.

A venal person is a person characterized by venality.

Don't confuse this word with venial, which means trivial or pardonable. A peccadillo is a venial, harmless sin.

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