Monday, August 24, 2015

Word of the day: venial

The word of the day is venial:

  1. able to be forgiven or pardoned; not seriously wrong, as a sin (opposed to mortal ).
  2. excusable; trifling; minor
  3. c.1300, from O.Fr. venial, from L. venialis "pardonable," from venia "forgiveness, indulgence, pardon," related to venus "sexual love, desire" (see Venus).
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"Harmful as they were, all these blunders remained venial: negligence, misinformation, or stupidity might explain them.  But when Escandón moved from the organization of government to the practice of ruling, he carried out a policy that was too systematic and clear to be a mistake—the direct service of the planters' economic and political interests."

 - John Womack, Zapata and the Mexican Revolution

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