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venal

adjective avaricious, bribable, corrupt, dishonorable, extortionate, grasping, greedy, nummarius, purchasable, self-seeking, venalis
See also: bad, blameful, blameworthy, lawless, machiavellian, mercenary, offensive, penurious, unjust

VENAL. Something that is bought. The term is generally applied in a bad sense; as, a venal office is an office which has been purchased.

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In a speech I made before the Bombay Chamber of Commerce in 2008 I argued that the tolerance for the venal politician is because he is the crutch that helps the poor and underprivileged navigate a system that gives them so little access.
All this creates fertile ground for venal trap of tax-evaders.
with characters by turns arrogant, venal, gossipy, and engagingas flawed and varied as the cosmopolitan fauna Salten must have encountered daily in his life in Vienna," Rakoff explains.
The Republic of South Sudan, with its immense dormant riches--especially the cursed oil--will be bound to be seen as easy prey by those who are more venal than its idealistic newly independent government.
This does not suggest that colleges and universities are engaged in either collusive or venal behavior.
SIR - We now have proof, if proof were needed, that the Conservative side of the coalition never had any intention of reining in the unbridled greed of their venal banking friends.
it was very good that there was, from my perception, a venal and corrupt system in place and that has now been outed.
Venal and obsessed with escaping his exile, imposed after he embezzled money from a fund set up to take children to Lourdes, Ted is charged with taking care of feckless loon Father Dougal and alcoholic lecher Father Jack.
Russia urgently needs to diversify by engaging more fully with the global economy, and that will not be possible as long as even its biggest investor is hamstrung by unenforceable contracts, corrupt police and venal courtrooms, said The Times of London in an editorial yesterday.
From contemplation on the nature of God, to an imaginary conversation between Hitler and a Jewish girl, to the different shades of misogyny revealed in the talk of women between three men, OMMMMMMMM offers a surprising, often mature-themed glimpse into both the spiritual and the venal side of human nature.
My sense is that Megan Hilty (as venal, blond and too-good Glinda) significantly outshines Kendra Kassebaum, who played the role during the 2005 tour.
Under Christendom, the church has found itself forced to serve the desires of the state, no matter how venal, wrong or contrary to the teachings of Jesus.