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Word: venal

Definition: capable of being bribed; corrupt; CF. vernal


Sentences Containing 'venal'

Any other than yourself would have considered the disclosure of M. de Villefort insignificant, or else dictated by venal ambition,''These words were an allusion to the sentiments which the minister of police had uttered with so much confidence an hour before.
By all the usual venal means typical of the Bourbon administration, but brought to a fine art and exploited beyond the usual degree, they continued to line their pockets while providing a better-than-average administration, especially considering the catastrophic times they faced.
Hewitt called him "the most annoying movie character since Jar Jar Binks", while others similarly described him as "singularly loathsome, venal and without humor", "supremely annoying", "that dick in a sweater-vest" and a "misogynistic" imitation of Jonah Hill "minus the timing, sad sack appeal and motormouth grace".
Hewitt labeled the characters "unrepentant, nihilistic, vile, venal, animalistic, avaricious, charmless, entitled, sub-Kardashian, stunningly irresponsible brats".
J.R. Ewing is a fictional character that William K. Stevens of "The New York Times" described as "the nastiest man on television, the Iago of Texas oilmen, the smiling snake of a star of Friday night TV's "Dallas," a man so venal, so low, so mean, so diabolical that he has become an absolute delight to an estimated quarter of a billion viewers around the globe."
Tom Holland writes in the best selling book "The shadow of the sword, The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World "Marwan was fabulously venal and slippery.

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