Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adjective

Ready to sell honor or principle; mercenary.

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Usage examples "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", 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", Henry Hunt.
  3. He despised them as venal: and he had resolved to use them for his own advantage. - "Rulers of India: Lord Clive", George Bruce Malleson.