venial sin

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n venial sin a pardonable sin regarded as entailing only a partial loss of grace
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Venial sin (R. C. Theol) a sin which weakens, but does not wholly destroy, sanctifying grace, as do mortal, or deadly, sins.
    • Venial sin See under Actual Canonical, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Venial sin any transgression due to inadvertence, not alienating the friendship of God
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Quotations

  • Theodore Tronchin
    Theodore Tronchin
    “In medicine sins of commission are mortal, sins of omission are venial.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. syn, sinn; Ice. syn-d, Ger. s√ľnde, L. sons.

Usage

In literature:

This is a lover's most stoical virtue, as the lack of it is a lover's most venial sin.
"Far from the Madding Crowd" by Thomas Hardy
St. Augus-tine is not always clear of offence, and John Bunyan himself exaggerates venial peccadilloes into heinous sins.
"Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius
O quiet paths of algebra, you are my excuse for this venial sin!
"The Life of the Fly" by J. Henri Fabre
It would have been a venial sin.
"The Ball and The Cross" by G.K. Chesterton
It's a disgrace to Him who records all sins, however black or venial.
"The Road to Damascus" by August Strindberg
Venial sins sat lightly on the conscience of John Massingbird.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Intercourse outside the animal end of marriage was indeed a sin, but it became merely a venial sin.
"Little Essays of Love and Virtue" by Havelock Ellis
Did we see it truly, it would be a not venial sin, but an unpardonable crime.
"The Power of Womanhood, or Mothers and Sons" by Ellice Hopkins
His linen is as well cared for as that of the confessor of the devotee, all whose sins are venial.
"The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
Burglary is but a venial sin among soldiers.
"The Works of John Dryden, Vol. 6 (of 18)" by John Dryden
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In poetry:

Small venial sins alone, as some maintain,
Before the Purgatorial court appear,
Others believe it, full as strong and plain,
That deadly sins are only punish'd, there.
"Concerning Purgatory " by Rees Prichard
Once upon a time, in days remote,
A politician bought a vote.
The price he paid is not quite clear,
But probably a pot of beer
Secured his end. But he got in;
So folk excused this venial sin.
"The Genesis of Gloom [Australian Variety]" by C J Dennis