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Definition of "venality" []

  • The condition of being susceptible to bribery or corruption. (noun)
  • The use of a position of trust for dishonest gain. (noun)

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 "venality" in a sentence
  • "In that sense, economists as a group probably have even less credibility than politicians, as the assumption of venality is almost automatic for an economist, whereas it is suspected of pols but the latter sometimes get the benefit of doubt, specially when they are young and handsome."
  • "From this vantage point for the Democratic caucus to ostracize anyone connected to the Illinois Statehouse is the ultimate in venality and hubris."
  • "One grieves for the good, decent and Honourable Members of Parliament - there are some - but far too many have been found out in venality."