Definition of venal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈviːnl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈviːnl//
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prepared to do dishonest or immoral things in return for money synonym corrupt venal journalists Word Originmid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘available for purchase’, referring to merchandise or a favour): from Latin venalis, from venum ‘thing for sale’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: venal