Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: adjective

That may be pardoned: excusable.

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Usage examples "venial":

  1. You, by your own confession, deem coquetry a venial error; can that be such, from which come such cruel and mischievous results. - "A Book For The Young", Sarah French.
  2. It is a species of drama which owes no allegiance to time or space, and in which, therefore, errors of chronology and geography- no mortal sins in any species- are venial faults, and count for nothing. - "Literary Remains, Vol. 2", Coleridge.
  3. I am convinced that, in general, in removing even errors of a trivial or venial kind, the character of originality is lost, which, upon the whole, may be that which is most valuable in the production. - "Sir Walter Scott as a Critic of Literature", Margaret Ball.