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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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Perhaps by the narrowness of our deliverance from catastrophe, we will learn never again venally to place something so imperishably important on the altar of sacrifice.
Somewhat as Italian history is beyond reach, so are both the literary tradition which might have been called upon to assist in interpreting it, personified by Pirandello, and the audience for the interpretation: a surrogate, venally counterfeited, is imported to assist in retrieving a collectivity Tabucchi suggests is irretrievable, in view of a conflict between unseen, ineffectual puppet-masters inside and outside an institution the action never leaves.
From that point, the town turns ever more venally and viciously against its captive guest.