Someone with venal motives is corrupt and maybe a little evil. Nobody wants to be thought of as venal.

Venal actions include taking bribes, giving jobs to your friends, and cheating. Venal means about the same thing as "corrupt" or "corruptible." Venal people are considered sleazy and untrustworthy. They're often criminals. No one is perfect, and most of us have venal motives at some point.

Definitions of venal
  1. adjective
    capable of being corrupted
    “a venal police officer”
    synonyms: bribable, corruptible, dishonest, purchasable
    lacking in integrity
Commonly confused words

venal / venial

Catholics everywhere are confused: do they commit venal sins or venial sins? And what is a venal/venial sin anyway?

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