venereal

adjective
ve·​ne·​re·​al | \ və-ˈnir-ē-əl How to pronounce venereal (audio) \

Definition of venereal

1 : of or relating to sexual pleasure or indulgence
2a : resulting from or contracted during sexual intercourse venereal infections
b : of, relating to, or affected with venereal disease a high venereal rate
c : involving the genital organs venereal sarcoma

Other Words from venereal

venereally adverb

Examples of venereal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How then, to distinguish between the three subspecies and prove that the venereal form had existed in Europe all along? Marylynn Salmon, The Conversation, 13 July 2022 But his statement perfectly fits the difference between venereal and endemic syphilis, evidence that suggests both diseases existed in 15th-century England. Marylynn Salmon, The Conversation, 13 July 2022 Mining camps and boomtowns were cesspools rife with cholera, meningitis, typhoid fever, venereal diseases and scurvy, among many other maladies. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 12 June 2022 By the end of their stay, however, Cook and his men had worn out their divine welcome, spreading venereal diseases among the Indigenous population, quarrelling about ships and supplies, and destroying part of a burial ground. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 6 Dec. 2021 In 1971, Corky Lee drew inspiration from the Black Panthers' social service programs to help organize a health fair in Manhattan's Chinatown, providing free testing for tuberculosis, lead poisoning, venereal diseases and other conditions. NBC News, 3 Mar. 2021 And, as a hold-over from classical traditions, leprosy in particular was linked to Venus and thus to venereal sins. Lily Rothman, Time, 31 July 2017 See More

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First Known Use of venereal

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for venereal

Middle English venerealle, from Latin Venerius, Venereus "of Venus, of or relating to sexual desire or sexual activity, erotic," adjective derivative of vener-, venus "sexual desire, sexual intercourse, (as proper noun) goddess personifying sexual attractiveness" + -alle -al entry 1 — more at venus

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28 Jul 2022

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“Venereal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/venereal. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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venereal

adjective
ve·​ne·​re·​al | \ və-ˈnir-ē-əl How to pronounce venereal (audio) \

Medical Definition of venereal

1 : of or relating to sexual pleasure or indulgence
2a : resulting from or contracted during sexual intercourse venereal infections
b : of, relating to, or affected with venereal disease a high venereal rate
c : involving the genital organs venereal sarcoma

Other Words from venereal

venereally \ -​ē How to pronounce venereal (audio) \ adverb

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