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Definition of "venal" []

  • Open to bribery; mercenary: a venal police officer. (adjective)
  • Capable of betraying honor, duty, or scruples for a price; corruptible. (adjective)
  • Marked by corrupt dealings, especially bribery: a venal administration. (adjective)
  • Obtainable for a price. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "venal" in a sentence
  • "It's hard to tell whom the sheik loathes more — Al Qaeda or Sunni politicians like Hashemi, who he describes as venal quislings."
  • "They don't mind being described as venal, misguided, dogmatic, having halitosis, or being in league with Satan, but calling them gullible idiots is an insult too far."
  • "I may blow chunks now just recalling the venal swine."