venal

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search
See also: vénal

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin vena

Adjective[edit]

venal (comparative more venal, superlative most venal)

  1. venous; pertaining to veins

Etymology 2[edit]

From French vénal, from Latin venalis, from venum (something for sale), cf. vend

Adjective[edit]

venal (comparative more venal, superlative most venal)

  1. (archaic) For sale; available for purchase.
  2. Of a position, privilege etc.: available for purchase rather than assigned on merit.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 140:
      Thus, regimental commands in the army were – as with the judiciary or the financial bureaucracy – venal posts, which were purchased, bequeathed and sold among the nobility.
  3. Capable of being bought (of a person); willing to take bribes.
  4. (of behaviour etc.) Corrupt, mercenary.
    • 1785, The Times, 9 Feb 1785, page 1, column C:
      Though there is a disposition in mankind, to declaim against the corruption and peculation of the present times, as being more venal than formerly; yet, if we look back to different periods, we shall find statesmen and politicians, as selfish and corrupt, (...) as those who have lately figured on the political stage.
Synonyms[edit]
Antonyms[edit]
Related terms[edit]
Translations[edit]

Anagrams[edit]