See also: vénal

EnglishEdit

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Etymology 1Edit

From Latin vēna (vein) +‎ -al.

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venal (comparative more venal, superlative most venal)

  1. Venous; pertaining to veins.

Etymology 2Edit

Borrowed from French vénal, from Old French venel, from Latin vēnālis (for sale), from vēnum (something for sale); compare vend.

AdjectiveEdit

venal (comparative more venal, superlative most venal)

  1. (archaic) For sale; available for purchase.
  2. Of a position, privilege etc.: available for purchase rather than assigned on merit.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 140:
      Thus, regimental commands in the army were – as with the judiciary or the financial bureaucracy – venal posts, which were purchased, bequeathed and sold among the nobility.
  3. Capable of being bought (of a person); willing to take bribes.
  4. (of behaviour etc.) Corrupt, mercenary.
    • 1785, The Times, 9 Feb 1785, page 1, column C:
      Though there is a disposition in mankind, to declaim against the corruption and peculation of the present times, as being more venal than formerly; yet, if we look back to different periods, we shall find statesmen and politicians, as selfish and corrupt, [] as those who have lately figured on the political stage.
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Venal behavior (bribery/corruption) is not to be confused with venial behavior (mildly wrong behavior).

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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

vena +‎ -al

AdjectiveEdit

venal (masculine and feminine plural venals)

  1. venal, venous

Etymology 2Edit

Borrowed from Latin vēnālis (for sale), from vēnum (something for sale).

AdjectiveEdit

venal (masculine and feminine plural venals)

  1. for sale, sellable
  2. venal (willing to take bribes)
    Synonym: subornable

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SpanishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From vena +‎ -al.

AdjectiveEdit

venal (plural venales)

  1. venous

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Etymology 2Edit

Borrowed from Latin vēnālis (for sale), from vēnum (something for sale).

AdjectiveEdit

venal (plural venales)

  1. venal, corruptible
  2. for sale, sellable

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