Venial is an adjective that is used to describe that which is able to be forgiven or pardoned. Excusable, trifling, minor.


  1. The court decided that this was a ‘venial’ offence and that a small fine is only to be paid.
  2. A mistake which she held as a burden through overthinking, was actually ‘venial’.
  3. He made a ‘venial’ error in his programming, which led to hours of debugging. That’s one of the perks of being a programmer!

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