What does the word venial mean?

    Part of speech: adverb

  • Venially.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • That may be pardoned: excusable.

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by Margaret Ball