Webster 1913 Edition
veniaforgiveness, pardon, grace, favor, kindness; akin to
venerarito venerate. See
Capable of being forgiven; not heinous; excusable; pardonable;
venialfault or transgression
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[Obs.]“Permitting him the while venial discourse unblamed.”
(R. C. Theol.),
a sin which weakens, but does not wholly destroy, sanctifying grace, as do mortal, or deadly, sins.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.That may be forgiven; pardonable; as a venial fault or transgression. The reformed churches hold all sins to be venial, through the merits of the Redeemer; but the most trifling sins not to be venial, except through the righteousness and atonement of Christ.
2.In familiar language, excusable; that may be allowed or permitted to pass without censure; as a venial slip or fault.
Permitting him the while venial discourse unblam'd.