Dictionary definitions and etymology illustrated from contemporary and classical literature (selected from 'A Book for Today').
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Venality: Venal shares its etymology (Sanskrit: vasna - price) with ware. Venality implies something that is for sale, usually with a negative connotation, such a a public official open to bribes. A similar word in meaning and connotation is mercenary.
His motivation was just garden-variety venality and greed.