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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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The EU is seen in the Balkans as an institution that should discipline domestic politicians and make them rule justly and in keeping with the laws, making the right moves at the right time and not being venal.
Meanwhile, our Diddy David Cameron might not prove so venal, coming from an already rich family.
A performance based reward system also reduces chances that tax officers will fall for venal offers of tax-evaders.
The subject of the public contract is also the implementation of free warranty repairs during the warranty period and venal non-warranty and post-warranty service supplied equipment over their lifetime, while the service contract will be concluded for an indefinite period.
The judges considered at length the merits of JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy, but ultimately concluded that the book's sins were venal compared with the competition," the BBC quoted the Literary Review as saying.
STAN GREEN, Rotton Park JACQUI Smith was quite right when she said that the public thought all politicians were venal, idiotic and stupid.
Our leader, David Cameron, believes it should be other politicians who, until recently, were the lowest of the low but now of course they have found others who are even more venal, namely bankers.
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.
That FIFA is a venal, masonic, corrupt fiefdom of spivs and crooks.
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.
05pm Kitty Wonder (Doris Day) and Sam Rawlins (Stephen Boyd) fall out over a performing elephant in this warm, vibrant and nostalgic MGM musical about a failing circus fighting to survive a hostile takeover from venal competition.