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 for Venial sin
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sin \Sin\, n. [OE. sinne, AS. synn, syn; akin to D. zonde, OS.
     sundia, OHG. sunta, G. s["u]nde, Icel., Dan. & Sw. synd, L.
     sons, sontis, guilty, perhaps originally from the p. pr. of
     the verb signifying, to be, and meaning, the one who it is.
     Cf. Authentic, Sooth.]
     1. Transgression of the law of God; disobedience of the
        divine command; any violation of God's will, either in
        purpose or conduct; moral deficiency in the character;
        iniquity; as, sins of omission and sins of commission.
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              Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
                                                    --John viii.
                                                    34.
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              Sin is the transgression of the law.  --1 John iii.
                                                    4.
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              I think 't no sin.
              To cozen him that would unjustly win. --Shak.
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              Enthralled
              By sin to foul, exorbitant desires.   --Milton.
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     2. An offense, in general; a violation of propriety; a
        misdemeanor; as, a sin against good manners.
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              I grant that poetry's a crying sin.   --Pope.
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     3. A sin offering; a sacrifice for sin.
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              He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin.
                                                    --2 Cor. v.
                                                    21.
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     4. An embodiment of sin; a very wicked person. [R.]
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              Thy ambition,
              Thou scarlet sin, robbed this bewailing land
              Of noble Buckingham.                  --Shak.
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     Note: Sin is used in the formation of some compound words of
           obvious signification; as, sin-born; sin-bred,
           sin-oppressed, sin-polluted, and the like.
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     Actual sin, Canonical sins, Original sin, Venial sin.
        See under Actual, Canonical, etc.
  
     Deadly sins, or Mortal sins (R. C. Ch.), willful and
        deliberate transgressions, which take away divine grace;
        -- in distinction from vental sins. The seven deadly sins
        are pride, covetousness, lust, wrath, gluttony, envy, and
        sloth.
  
     Sin eater, a man who (according to a former practice in
        England) for a small gratuity ate a piece of bread laid on
        the chest of a dead person, whereby he was supposed to
        have taken the sins of the dead person upon himself.
  
     Sin offering, a sacrifice for sin; something offered as an
        expiation for sin.
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     Syn: Iniquity; wickedness; wrong. See Crime.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Venial \Ve"ni*al\, a. [OF. venial, F. v['e]niel, L. venialis,
     from venia forgiveness, pardon, grace, favor, kindness; akin
     to venerari to venerate. See Venerate.]
     1. Capable of being forgiven; not heinous; excusable;
        pardonable; as, a venial fault or transgression.
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              So they do nothing, 't is a venial slip. --Shak.
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     2. Allowed; permitted. [Obs.] "Permitting him the while
        venial discourse unblamed." --Milton.
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     Venial sin (R. C. Theol.), a sin which weakens, but does
        not wholly destroy, sanctifying grace, as do mortal, or
        deadly, sins.
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        n. --Bp. Hall.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  venial sin
      n 1: a pardonable sin regarded as entailing only a partial loss
           of grace [ant: deadly sin, mortal sin]

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