• WordNet 3.6
    • adv venally in a corrupt and deceitful manner "he acted dishonestly when he gave the contract to his best friend"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Venally In a venal manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • venally In a venal manner; mercenarily.
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In literature:

I do not here stand before you accused of venality, or of neglect of duty.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Many Negroes were undoubtedly venal, but more were ignorant and deceived.
"The Negro" by W.E.B. Du Bois
But, if the pecuniary result is small, the victory over the pirates and the venal part of the press is great.
"Lippincott's Magazine, December, 1885" by Various
The venal pope was easily bought over.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
Reasons of equal strength and solidity will never be wanting to the patrons and ministers of corruption and venality.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
He may be venal, he may be traitorous, he may be a coward, he may be revengeful, he may be a drunkard.
"The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont" by Robert Barr
The generals were nearly as venal as the politicians, and Pichegru was successfully tampered with.
"The French Revolution" by R. M. Johnston
A type of venality of the lowest and grossest kind.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
She was not one of those who make a living by any profession of venal love.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
So that he refused in his own mind to believe in the venality of a man who lived in such surroundings.
"The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Alphonse Daudet

In poetry:

They tell me, too, that all is venal, vain,
With high and low;
That truth and honor are the slaves of gain;
Can it be so?
"A Christmas Chant" by Abram Joseph Ryan
How felt the greed of gold and place,
The venal crew that schemed and planned,
The fine scorn of that haughty face,
The spurning of that bribeless hand!
"Sumner" by John Greenleaf Whittier
O Balaam! Balaam! ope thine eyes, and see
The angel just descended from above!
Return, return, nor touch the venal fee,
But hear the ass, thy avarice reprove.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
The Demon of Faction, that over them hung,
In accents of horror their epitaph sung;
While Pride and Venality join'd in the stave,
And canting Democracy wept at the grave.
"All The Talents" by George Canning
Yes, Alpheus! fly the purer paths of Fate;
Abjure these scenes, from venal passions free;
Know, in this grove, I vow'd perpetual hate,
War, endless war, with lucre and with thee.
"Elegy XIX. - Written in Spring, 1743" 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.