Word of the day

The word for today is…

venal (adj) – 1. (a) Open to bribery; mercenary.
(b) Characterized by corrupt dealings, especially bribery.
2. (Archaic) Obtainable for a price.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1650s, “capable of being obtained for a price; that can be corrupted;” 1660s, “offered for sale,” from French vénal, Old French venel “for sale” (of prostitutes, etc.; 12th century), from Latin venalis “for sale, to be sold; capable of being bribed,” from venum (nominative *venus) “for sale,” from PIE root *wes- “to buy, sell”. Typically with a bad sense of “ready to sell one’s services or influence for money and from sordid motives; to be bought basely or meanly.”

 


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