venal | venally | venality

Exam frequency

GRE

high

Banks

high

Civil Services

high

Meaning(s)

dishonest and corrupt

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venal - corrupt

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If a person is ‘venal’, they are prepared to do dishonourable and immoral things in exchange for money. Typically, this word is used in relation to a person with some form of power and influence which they are willing to abuse or leverage for monetary gain, which is why it’s often associated with politics or law enforcement.

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Synonyms unscrupulous,crooked,mercenary
Antonyms principled,noble,selfless

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  1. Sarah believes that our venal politicians have sold the country out to big corporations.

  2. I’m not sure I would trust Adam in a position of power. He is venally self-interested.

  3. The venality of that one police commissioner has undermined and shamed the entire department.

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