Found 2 items, similar to venial sin.
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Definition: venial sin
n : a pardonable sin regarded as entailing only a partial loss
of grace [ant: mortal sin
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Definition: Venial sin
, n. [OE. sinne, AS. synn, syn; akin to D. zonde, OS.
sundia, OHG. sunta, G. s["u]nde, Icel., Dan. & Sw. synd, L.
sons, sontis, guilty, perhaps originally from the p. pr. of
the verb signifying, to be, and meaning, the one who it is.
1. Transgression of the law of God; disobedience of the
divine command; any violation of God's will, either in
purpose or conduct; moral deficiency in the character;
iniquity; as, sins of omission and sins of commission.
Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
Sin is the transgression of the law. --1 John iii.
I think 't no sin.
To cozen him that would unjustly win. --Shak.
By sin to foul, exorbitant desires. --Milton.
2. An offense, in general; a violation of propriety; a
misdemeanor; as, a sin against good manners.
I grant that poetry's a crying sin. --Pope.
3. A sin offering; a sacrifice for sin.
He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin.
--2 Cor. v.
4. An embodiment of sin; a very wicked person. [R.]
Thou scarlet sin, robbed this bewailing land
Of noble Buckingham. --Shak.
Note: Sin is used in the formation of some compound words of
obvious signification; as, sin-born; sin-bred,
sin-oppressed, sin-polluted, and the like.
, Canonical sins
, Original sin
, Venial sin
See under Actual
, or Mortal sins
(R. C. Ch.), willful and
deliberate transgressions, which take away divine grace;
-- in distinction from vental sins. The seven deadly sins
are pride, covetousness, lust, wrath, gluttony, envy, and
, a man who (according to a former practice in
England) for a small gratuity ate a piece of bread laid on
the chest of a dead person, whereby he was supposed to
have taken the sins of the dead person upon himself.
, a sacrifice for sin; something offered as an
expiation for sin.
Syn: Iniquity; wickedness; wrong. See Crime
, a. [OF. venial, F. v['e]niel, L. venialis,
from venia forgiveness, pardon, grace, favor, kindness; akin
to venerari to venerate. See Venerate
1. Capable of being forgiven; not heinous; excusable;
pardonable; as, a venial fault or transgression.
So they do nothing, 't is a venial slip. --Shak.
2. Allowed; permitted. [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
[1913 Webster] -- Ve"ni*al*ly
, adv. -- Ve"ni*al*ness
n. --Bp. Hall.