• WordNet 3.6
    • n venality prostitution of talents or offices or services for reward
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Venality The quality or state of being venal, or purchasable; mercenariness; prostitution of talents, offices, or services, for money or reward; as, the venality of a corrupt court; the venality of an official. "Complaints of Roman venality became louder."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n venality The state or character of being venal, or sordidly influenced by money or financial considerations; prostitution of talents, offices, or services for money or reward; mercenariness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Venality quality of being venal: prostitution of talents or services for a reward
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. venalitas,: cf. F. vénalité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. venalisvenus, sale; Gr. ōnē, purchase.


In literature:

Venality, that dogs great efforts, undoubtedly there was.
"Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of William H. F. Lee (A Representative from Virginia)" by Various
They have attempted to give a venal value to things which neither could have it nor ought to.
"The Simple Life" by Charles Wagner
Talent, often the most venal of venal things, follows in the wake of corruption.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 379, May, 1847" by Various
This demand was not affected by the faults of the organization, or the corruption and venality of the hierarchy.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
A profligate and venal career has troubled thy soul with misgivings.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 62, No. 384, October 1847" by Various
The execution of the laws was venal and arbitrary.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
Its uncleanness lacked the element of venality; that was all that could be said.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
The youth had imbibed the venal corruption everywhere prevalent.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8" by Various
Head's Nugae Venales, 453.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
He was furious at times with the venality of his associates.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane

In poetry:

For the bliss of a dewy dell
When lover and maiden meet,
And the venal kisses they sell
In the shade of the lamp—lit street.
"A Te Deum" by Alfred Austin
``The forward quest, the feverish chase,
Foul city, venal mart,
Will cloud the fairness of your face,
And desecrate your heart.
"A Border Burn" by Alfred Austin
Teach me, thou venerable bower,
Cool meditation's quiet seat,
The generous scorn of venal power,
The silent grandeur of retreat.
"Spring" by Samuel Johnson
This water free for rich, or poor,
Works eleemosynary cure.
Too long have venal fountains flow'd
From Bath, from Bristol, Holt and Road.
"Superstition: A Tale" by Samuel Bowden
"I spoke, nor Fate forbore his trembling spoil;
Some venal mourner lent his careless aid,
And soon they bore me to my native soil,
Where my fond parents' dear remains were laid.
"Elegy XXII. Written in the Year ----, When the Rights of Sepulture Were So Frequently Violated" by William Shenstone
"Damon," she cried, "if, pleased with honest praise,
Thou court success by virtue or by song,
Fly the false dictates of the venal race;
Fly the gross accents of the venal tongue.
"Elegy XIX. - Written in Spring, 1743" by William Shenstone

In news:

Like most sports-team owners, NBA owners are venal hyenas who resort to ethical arguments only if they can increase profits.
Whiplash injury, in some circles, is nearly synonymous with fraud or malingering: the claimants looked upon as priggish and their doctors as venal.
'The Borgias,' one of two projects being shopped on the venal family, may wind up outselling 'The Tudors.'.
'Taxing Woman's Return' in a Venal Tokyo.
Tom Stoppard's absurdist farce /murder mystery takes scattershot aim at venal critics and the silly plays they endure.
Tom Stoppard's absurdist farce/murder mystery takes scattershot aim at venal critics and the silly plays they endure.
In the short term, of course, it hurts the manufacturers who sunk a lot of R&D money and raw materials into designing and building long putters for terminal yips sufferers, head cases and venal young Tour players bereft of consciences.
All you have to do is channel surf for five minutes any day of the week to nail the medium for its unabashed stupidity and venality.