Prisoners of previous good character, and guilty only of venial crimes.
"Elizabeth Fry" by Mrs. E. R. Pitman
Aristocracy is not an institution: aristocracy is a sin; generally a very venial one.
"Orthodoxy" by G. K. Chesterton
His very weaknesses seemed homely and venial.
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
Sister Gabrielle, you tempt us this evening to commit the sin of gluttony, which is the most venial of all sins.
"In the Field (1914-1915)" by Marcel Dupont
Likewise, certain sins are usually venial, but in certain circumstances a venial sin may take on such malice as to be constituted mortal.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
I had not meant, however, to expatiate upon his defects, which are of the slenderest and most venial kind.
"Hawthorne" by Henry James, Junr.
Such righteousness as his had venial sins to expiate, what hope was there left for men of ordinary earthly passions and failings?
"The White Sister" by F. Marion Crawford
The child, who teaches its grandmother to suck eggs, commits a venial fault in comparison.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume I" by Ian Hamilton
It does not get to be regarded as venial.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
And yet, thy crime was venial, and one easily forgiven: for she is very pretty, as I am not.
"The Substance of a Dream" by F. W. Bain
When venial crimes in Love's gay spring,
Prompt the youthful Female's sigh;
When her roses all take wing,
And Matrons sage her plight descry;
"The Culprit" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
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
A spy upon our actions; sent, no doubt,
To scan our deeds, with beardless gravity Affecting wisdom; to observe each word,
To magnify the venial faults of youth, And construe harmless mirth to foul offence.
"David And Goliath. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More