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synonyms for venial

  • all right
  • allowable
  • defensible
  • excusable
  • explainable
  • forgivable
  • justifiable
  • minor
  • not serious
  • not too bad
  • okay
  • permissible
  • slight
  • tolerable
  • trivial
  • understandable
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How to use venial in a sentence

The child, who teaches its grandmother to suck eggs, commits a venial fault in comparison.
GALLIPOLI DIARY, VOLUME IIAN HAMILTON
Its greatest fault was not extravagance, for that is a venial folly, but ignorance, which even youth cannot wholly excuse.
VIE DE BOHMEORLO WILLIAMS
In these hopeful moods it was a necessity of his drama that his transgression of the law should seem venial to him.
THE QUALITY OF MERCYW. D. HOWELLS
Play, in men whose means are ample, if considered a vice, is thought a very venial one.
BENTLEY'S MISCELLANY, VOLUME IIVARIOUS
Those who have only committed venial sins are first purified of them, and then rewarded for the good which they have done.
PHAEDOPLATO
The sin which in an ugly woman is clearly mortal, in a pretty one becomes little more than venial.
THE HISTORY OF SIR RICHARD CALMADYLUCAS MALET
What she had come to regard as but a venial error, now appeared to her as an unpardonable sin.
HUBERT'S WIFEMINNIE MARY LEE
I can safely say that this was my earliest trespass, and perhaps a venial one—all things considered.
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, VOLUME 57, NO. 354, APRIL 1845VARIOUS
But vanity, though unconquerably rooted in me by nature and habit, was no longer overlooked as a venial error.
DISCIPLINEMARY BRUNTON
In Professor Saintsbury's eyes such indifference to accuracy may be venial: in our opinion it is nothing less than scandalous.
EPHEMERA CRITICAJOHN CHURTON COLLINS
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