venereal disease

noun

Definition of venereal disease

: a contagious disease (such as gonorrhea or syphilis) that is typically acquired in sexual intercourse — compare std

Examples of venereal disease in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Close to 20,000 women, most of them infected with venereal diseases, were incarcerated or detained without being formally charged with a crime, according to The New York Times. Alicia Lee, CNN, "The dark and complex history of quarantine goes back to the Middle Ages," 4 Mar. 2020 The girl contracted a venereal disease from the assault, the documents state. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Hamilton man accused of raping 12-year-old in Springfield Township, documents state," 26 Feb. 2020 Anderson then launched into a lecture on the seven danger signs of venereal disease. David Jesse, USA TODAY, "Doctor traded sexual favors in exchange for help avoiding Vietnam war, ex-students say," 28 Feb. 2020 Anderson then launched into a lecture on the seven danger signs of venereal disease. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "U-M doctor helped men avoid Vietnam War in exchange for sexual favors, ex-students say," 28 Feb. 2020 Cut off from their families and the company of women, migrant workers suffer rates of venereal disease far higher than the national norms. Joel Kotkin, National Review, "The Return to Serfdom," 25 July 2019 Kelly is charged with violating the statute by transporting a victim interstate and violating New York law by recklessly endangering the victim and exposing her to infectious venereal diseases. Danny Cevallos, NBC News, "R. Kelly facing federal charges because his alleged sex crimes involve interstate activity," 14 July 2019 And also by reading public health records about the spread of venereal disease and how people were getting abortions back then. Lizzie O'leary, The Atlantic, "Elizabeth Gilbert Is Owning Her Past Mistakes," 15 June 2019 Government documents say the purpose was to keep soldiers from raping women and triggering anti-Japan sentiment, as well as preventing venereal disease and Chinese espionage. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "AP Explains: Dispute between Seoul, Tokyo over WWII brothels," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of venereal disease

1658, in the meaning defined above

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“Venereal disease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/venereal%20disease. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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venereal disease

noun

English Language Learners Definition of venereal disease

medical : a disease (such as gonorrhea or syphilis) that is passed from one person to another through sexual intercourse

venereal disease

noun

Medical Definition of venereal disease

: a contagious disease (as gonorrhea or syphilis) that is typically acquired in sexual intercourse abbreviation VD — compare sexually transmitted disease

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