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

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Other Words from venereal

venereally adverb

Examples of venereal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And, as a hold-over from classical traditions, leprosy in particular was linked to Venus and thus to venereal sins. Lily Rothman, Time, "The Real History Behind That Gruesome Greyscale Treatment on Game of Thrones," 31 July 2017 Among her revelations: The pay was lousy, the male customers propositioned the female staff, and she was forced to get a gynecological exam and take a test for venereal disease before she was hired. Verena Dobnik, The Mercury News, "The Bunnies are back in town: Playboy Club reopening in NYC," 7 Feb. 2017 A doctor creates a venereal disease-like parasite that infects various people (and makes them sexually crazed) living in a Canadian apartment block in this early David Cronenberg body-horror thriller. Nick Schager, Esquire, "Here Are the Must-Stream Movies of June 2017," 31 May 2017

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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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“Venereal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/venereal. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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 venereally (audio) \ adverb

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