What does the word venal mean?

Usage examples for venal

  1. It is her policy and her purpose to render our institutions unstable by means of a suborned and venal press, and a band of mercenary, hireling, political and religious monarchical conspirators, parasites and traitors. – The Right of American Slavery by True Worthy Hoit
  2. The editors of the venal hireling press, and the enemies of Mr. Cobbett's political writings, have always represented him as a bad master, and as being capricious, cruel, and tyrannical amongst his servants and poorer neighbours; and by means of as foul a conspiracy against him as ever disgraced the age in which we live, or as ever disgraced the courts of justice in any country. – Memoirs of Henry Hunt, Esq. Volume 3 by Henry Hunt
  3. He despised them as venal: and he had resolved to use them for his own advantage. – Rulers of India: Lord Clive by George Bruce Malleson