Main definitions of venery in English

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venery1

noun

archaic
  • 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.’

Pronunciation

venery

/ˈvenərē/ /ˈvɛnəri/

Origin

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

Main definitions of venery in English

: venery1venery2

venery2

noun

archaic
  • 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.’

Pronunciation

venery

/ˈvɛnəri/ /ˈvenərē/

Origin

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