Malfeasance vs Venal - What's the difference?

malfeasance | venal |

As a noun malfeasance

is wrongdoing.

As an adjective venal is

available for a price; venal.




(wikipedia malfeasance) (en noun)
  • wrongdoing
  • (legal) Misconduct or wrongdoing, especially by a public official that causes damage.
  • Synonyms

    * (wrongdoing) misconduct, wrongdoing



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl)


    (en adjective)
  • venous; pertaining to veins
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) , compare vend


    (en adjective)
  • (archaic) For sale; available for purchase.
  • Of a position, privilege etc.: available for purchase rather than assigned on merit.
  • * 2002 , , The Great Nation , Penguin 2003, p. 140:
  • Thus, regimental commands in the army were – as with the judiciary or the financial bureaucracy – venal posts, which were purchased, bequeathed and sold among the nobility.
  • Capable of being bought (of a person); willing to take bribes.
  • Corrupt, mercenary.
  • * 1785 , The Times , 9 Feb 1785, page 1, column C:
  • Though there is a disposition in mankind, to declaim against the corruption and peculation of the present times, as being more venal than formerly; yet, if we look back to different periods, we shall find statesmen and politicians, as selfish and corrupt, (...) as those who have lately figured on the political stage.
    * (for sale) purchasable * (willing to take bribes) crooked
    * (willing to take bribes) straight, honest, uncorrupt


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