venal | venial

(1) Anyone who is susceptible to bribery is venal,
whereas
(2) anything that can be forgiven is venial.

Example -

(1) Venial sins are forgivable sins.
(2) A venal sin would be, I suppose, the sin of accepting a bribe.

Etymology -

(1) The word venal derives from the Latin venum, a thing for sale.
(2) The word venial derives from the Late Latin venia, forgiveness.



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