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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ve·nial /ˈviniəl, njəl/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ve·ni·al a.
 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.”
 Venial sin R. C. Theol., a sin which weakens, but does not wholly destroy, sanctifying grace, as do mortal, or deadly, sins.
 -- Ve*ni*al*ly, adv. -- Ve*ni*al*ness, n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: warranting only temporal punishment; "venial sin" [syn: minor]
      2: easily excused or forgiven; "a venial error" [syn: excusable,