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Sep 7, 2016
This week’s theme
Misc. words

This week’s words
flagrant
mendacious
venal
feckless
veritable

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venal

PRONUNCIATION:
(VEEN-l)

MEANING:
adjective: 1. Capable of being bought: open to bribery. 2. Of or related to bribery.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin venalis (that which is for sale), from venum (sale). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wes- (to buy) that is also the source of vend, bazaar, vilify, and monopsony. Earliest documented use: 1827.

USAGE:
“Everything that was wrong, venal, lazy, and mendacious about GM in the 1980s was crystallized in this flagrant insult to the good name and fine customers of Cadillac.”
Dan Neil; The 50 Worst Cars of All Time; Time (New York); Sep 2007.

See more usage examples of venal in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
America has been called a melting pot, but it seems better to call it a mosaic, for in it each nation, people, or race which has come to its shores has been privileged to keep its individuality, contributing at the same time its share to the unified pattern of a new nation. -King Baudouin of Belgium (7 Sep 1930-1993)

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