venality

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From French vénalité or Latin vēnālitās, from vēnālis (venal), from vēnum.

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venality (countable and uncountable, plural venalities)

  1. The fact or state of being for sale, especially with reference to bribes or corruption.
    • 1785: As your spirited paper has declared war, not only against venality and despotism, but was intended to correct follies and abuses in private life, I hope the following will come within its useful plan. — The Times, 17 Jan 1785, p.1 col. B

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