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Below you will find the definition of venal, followed by 41 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - capable of being corrupted
EXAMPLES - Venal in a Sentence
- I may blow chunks now just recalling the venal swine. (source)
- It's been corrupt, it's been venal, has not delivered. (source)
- Arkady had never put the word 'venal' by his friend before. (source)
- The interpretation in terms of venal self-interest seems mistaken, however. (source)
- The transgressions were, for the most part, venial rather than venal in nature. (source)
- And seldom was the kind of almost bribery that you see in this case as raw or as venal. (source)
- This venal woman; says that her error was in not taking any copies of her cleaners paper work. (source)
- III were hurled at the heads of the "venal" legislators who had made this "monstrosity" possible. (source)
- Then-and-now our soldiers fight and sacrifice for the most venal positioning of political advantage. (source)
- "I think in both of these cases there's no venal attempt to do bad things, to take money away from taxpayers." (source)
- I love the sound of the word "venal" and I believe that is actually descriptive of a portion of our Vice President. (source)
- They know that our nation will accept venal behavior and, in some cases, reward it with tremendous wealth and power. (source)
- "A baker is not to be called venal if he sells his loaves, he is venal if he sells himself; Dryden only sold his loaves." (source)
- In a country with a weak legal system, venal political class and hidebound bureaucracy, some of this corner-cutting is expected. (source)
- It is -- it's hard to believe, frankly, accepting those quotations as accurate, that any human being could be that blatantly venal. (source)
- As I understand their view, to the extent that it is not entirely venal, it is: we can't defeat India militarily in a conventional war. (source)
- As Ireland slides into economic meltdown, governed by a class of incompetent, corrupt and venal politicians, this is a rare opportunity to celebrate. (source)
- I agree that the mere disagreement about the scope of the AUMF or Article II was in no respect as "venal" or as "corrupt" as the entire Watergate affair. (source)
- One Democratic lawmaker has said that it has made Arizona a "laughingstock" but it's difficult to find an ounce of humor in this kind of venal legislation. (source)
- One Democratic lawmaker has said that it has made Arizona a "laughingstock," but it's difficult to find an ounce of humor in this kind of venal legislation. (source)
- Totalitarian in essence, it relies upon fear mongering to entrench the executive with venal legal mechanisms that progressively diminish democracy and justice. (source)
- That may surprise you, if you know my history-old Flashy, the decorated hero and cowardly venal scoundrel who never had a decent feeling in all his scandalous, lecherous life. (source)
- We're not merely talking about the venal and grossly irresponsible behaviour of the banks and other financial corporations that created the conditions that caused the present crisis. (source)
- The parade of unscrupulous lawyers, tattling servants, vapid society matrons and venal would-be heirs has shown the world not high-bred gentleness but a thoroughly demoralized upper class. (source)
- The fundamental problem we have is that politics is a great career option for the venal and incompetent, the vainglorious and those student union marxists who were kicked off the milkround. (source)
- Since then the British have widely viewed the EU as a stifling federation in the making, a huge budgetary drain, and a means by which scheming and venal foreigners can take hapless Britons for a ride. (source)
- In order to find out who they are, they leave home, only to see that the wide world, too, is a venal, dangerous place filled with self-destructive weapons (heroin needles) and destructive weapons (guns). (source)
- In nuclear-war or alien-invasion films like The Day After or War of the Worlds , catastrophic attacks turn America into a landscape of venal looting and family togetherness -- our best impulses mixed with our worst. (source)
- In this telling, Stengel's bosses are no better: Webb is venal, interested mostly in contracts for his construction company to build new stadiums; and Topping, five times married, is greedy and compulsively inconstant. (source)
- The veneer of visage reveals a vestige of vanity, rapidly becoming vanished, having wrongly vilifed the vital, virtuous voice of a past-venerated America, using venal vexation and veiled verbiage, beneath which hides the true velleity. (source)
- The venal, self-serving creatures that conspired with Brown against Blair, or betrayed their own party, rewarded to take their place amongst a cabinet of malevolent F-wits who continue to vex the British people like rabid dogs worrying sheep. (source)
- I should be a liar if I said that many public-houses are highly moral and useful institutions; but the abuses are due to the rank faults of human nature, and not to the class of traders who are alternately described as venal sycophants or robbers. (source)
- And all of them, the men with the numbered heads, the heroes of Gletkin's boyhood -- did Gletkin believe that they had suddenly fallen victims to an epidemic which rendered them all venal and corruptible and gave them but one wish -- to undo the Revolution? (source)
- Humanity has committed many of what Mahatma Ghandi referred to as the venal sins -- to have wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, science without humanity, knowledge without character, trade without morality, prayer without sacrifice and politics without principles. (source)
- Unless the targets of their race-baiting (including the President) show the courage to push back and expose them for the venal fear-pimps they are, their methods will only get more extreme, their lies more bold, and their ability to inflict lasting damage on the nation more definitive. (source)
- But while Brown and the Labour Party certainly deserve some purgatory for failing to win this election outright -- the vast British public -- as incorrigibly stupid as a large part of it indubitably is -- doesn't deserve the venal price it will pay if the Conservative Party gains power. (source)
- Their position was that if a few people had had the minor inconvenience of having had their name borrowed for a covert operation in which a venal murderous leader of an organization committed to the annihilation of an entire nation was taken out -- that such complaints were just whinging and kvetching. (source)
- And the idea of building anything other than plaque around a heart is anathema to this parasitical creature, which would prefer to watch the masses labor under its venal lash while they sit back and weave their tales of terror and sip their crude (shades of the golden days before the Northern invasion). (source)
- Forum administrators noted in their "reveal" message on the site that their favorite post came from a commenter named "Asssombrero," who wrote: "Best spoof site I've ever seen; you've successfully proved atheists are bigger whiners and every bit as petty, venal, abusive, aggressive, malicious and generally unpleasant ... as the God squad." (source)
- For twenty years and more the best and truest men in the State told the people that if the Republicans were reinstated in power it would mean a return of the old days of 1868-69, when the knavish "carpet-baggers," venal "scalawags," and ignorant negroes stole everything they could put their hands on, and mortgaged the future of the State in the sum of about thirty million. dollars. (source)
- As a freelancer righteously filling the vacuum created by a venal, apathetic public on the one hand and failed institutions on the other, Iron Man joins this season's trendlet of vigilante fantasies, from the comic book adaptations "Kick-Ass" and "The Losers" to "Harry Brown," which is scheduled to open next week and stars Michael Caine as a British pensioner who takes on the thugs who have overrun his housing estate. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 41 example sentences provided below is 44.0, which suggests that "venal" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 17 synonyms for venal.
amoral, bent, buyable, conscienceless, corrupt, crooked, dishonest, double-dealing, immoral, mercenary, on the take, padded, purchasable, unethical, unprincipled, unprofessional, unscrupulous
We have 13 antonyms for venal.
ethical, good, honest, moral, noble, principled, pure, right, scrupulous, trustworthy, truthful, uncorrupt, upright
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of venal from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) venous; pertaining to veins
- (adjective) For sale; available for purchase.
- (adjective) Of a position, privilege etc.: available for purchase rather than assigned on merit.
- (adjective) Capable of being bought (of a person); willing to take bribes.
- (adjective) Corrupt, mercenary.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Of or pertaining to veins; venous.
- (adjective) 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Ready to sell one's services or influence for money or other valuable consideration, and entirely from sordid motives; bought or to be bought basely or meanly for personal gain; mercenary; hireling: used of persons: as, a venal politician.
- (None) Characterized by or springing from venality; also, made a matter of sordid bargaining and selling: used of things.
- (None) Of or pertaining to the veins; venous: as, venal blood or circulation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) capable of being corrupted