Word of the Day – Venial

By December 30, 2019Word of the Day

Venial (adj) (theology)

vee-nee-ul

Denoting a sin that is not regarded as depriving the soul of divine grace.

Middle English via Old French from late Latin venialis, from venia ‘forgiveness’.

Example sentences

“It is my venial sins that make me human!”

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