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Meaning of VENAL

Pronunciation:  'veenl

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  capable of being corrupted; "corruptible judges"; "dishonest politicians"; "a purchasable senator"; "a venal police officer"

VENAL is a 5 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: bribable, corrupt, corruptible, dishonest, purchasable



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ve"nal\, a. [L. vena a vein.]
    Of or pertaining to veins; venous; as, venal blood. [R.]
  2. \Ve"nal\, a. [L. venalis, from venus sale; akin to Gr. ?
    price, Skr. vasna: cf. F. v['e]nal.]
    Capable of being bought or obtained for money or other
    valuable consideration; made matter of trade or barter; held
    for sale; salable; mercenary; purchasable; hireling; as,
    venal services. `` Paid court to venal beauties.''
          The venal cry and prepared vote of a passive senate.
    Syn: Mercenary; hireling; vendible.
    Usage: {Venal}, {Mercenary}. One is mercenary who is either
           actually a hireling (as, mercenary soldiers, a
           mercenary judge, etc.), or is governed by a sordid
           love of gain; hence, we speak of mercenary motives, a
           mercenary marriage, etc. Venal goes further, and
           supposes either an actual purchase, or a readiness to
           be purchased, which places a person or thing wholly in
           the power of the purchaser; as, a venal press. Brissot
           played ingeniously on the latter word in his
           celebrated saying, `` My pen is venal that it may not
           be mercenary,'' meaning that he wrote books, and sold
           them to the publishers, in order to avoid the
           necessity of being the hireling of any political
                 Thus needy wits a vile revenue made, And verse
                 became a mercenary trade.         --Dryden.
                 This verse be thine, my friend, nor thou refuse
                 This, from no venal or ungrateful muse. --Pope.