Main definitions of venery in English

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venery1

noun

mass nounarchaic
  • Sexual indulgence.

    ‘not a few of them engaged in venery’
    • ‘Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.’
    • ‘And further, it is greatly irritated by constant contact with the clothing and stimulates venery and coitus.’
    • ‘What is reading but a vice, like drink or venery or any other form of excessive self-indulgence?’
    • ‘Art, literature and music have amplified this veneration for venery.’

Origin

Late Middle English from medieval Latin veneria, from venus, vener- ‘sexual love’.

Pronunciation

venery

/ˈvɛn(ə)ri/

Main definitions of venery in English

: venery1venery2

venery2

noun

mass nounarchaic
  • Hunting.

    ‘We feel that it is one of the finest hunts of venery that we actually see.’
    ‘So we are, as Phil said, more concerned with the art of venery rather than the galloping over other people's land.’

Origin

Middle English from Old French venerie, from vener ‘to hunt’, from Latin venari.

Pronunciation

venery

/ˈvɛn(ə)ri/