Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
Mid 17th century; Latin (in the sense ‘available for purchase’, referring to merchandise or a favor): from Latin venalis, from venum ‘thing for sale’
Synonyms
  • amoral
  • corrupt
  • crooked
Antonyms
  • ethical
  • good
  • honest
Definition
willing to sell one's influence, especially in return for a bribe; open to bribery; mercenary
Example
He could tell the officer was a venal man so he decided he would try to use money to get out of his punishment.
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