American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Transmitted by sexual intercourse.
- adj. Of or relating to a sexually transmitted disease.
- adj. Of or relating to sexual intercourse.
- adj. Of or relating to the genitals.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to venery, or sexual intercourse: as, venereal desire.
- Arising from or connected with sexual intercourse: as, venereal disease; venereal virus or poison.
- Adapted to the cure of venereal diseases: as, venereal medicines.
- Fitted to excite venereal desire; aphrodisiac.
- Of or pertaining to copper, which was formerly called by chemists Venus.
- adj. sexually transmitted.
- adj. of or relating to sexual intercourse, lust, or the genitals.
- adj. that which excites sexual desire; aphrodisiac.
- adj. obsolete of or relating to copper.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to venery, or sexual love; relating to sexual intercourse.
- adj. Arising from sexual intercourse
- adj. Adapted to the cure of venereal diseases.
- adj. Adapted to excite venereal desire; aphrodisiac.
- adj. obsolete Consisting of, or pertaining to, copper, formerly called by chemists
- n. (Med.) The venereal disease; syphilis.
- adj. of or relating to the external sex organs
- Originated 1400–50 from late Middle English venereal, from Latin venereus (of sexual love), from vener (sexual charm) + -eus (adjective suffix) + -al (pertaining to). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English venerealle, from Latin venereus, from venus, vener-, desire, love; see wen-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In other words, the “discharge” does not refer to an emission of semen or to a wound from which blood or pus flows, but it refers to a venereal disease that causes a constant excretion of fluid from the genitals.”
“(She will find this especially creepy if she specializes in venereal diseases or in the condition known colloquially as “black hairy tongue.”)”
“John Roberton, a surgeon of dubious qualification who practiced as a specialist in venereal diseases in Edinburgh and London, was involved in a public debate with Edinburgh surgeons, including John and William Hunter and his archrival, Matthew Baillie.”
“And there's an ancient law that says you can't actually mention the word venereal disease or print it in public.”
“I was prosecuted under the 1889 Venereal Diseases Act.and the 1916 Indecent Advertisements Act. On the first occasion for mentioning the word venereal disease in public, which -- we had a center where we would help young people who had problems.”
“So the police knocked on the door, and told us they were going to arrest us if we carried on mentioning the word venereal disease.”
“Then came another war, with the increase in venereal disease that war necessarily causes, and another attempt to deal with the problem.”
“On April 29, 1919, for example, the New York Tribune printed an article quoting with approbation a declaration by Major W.A. Wilson, of the Division of Venereal Control in the Merchant Marine, that the only way to carry on the campaign (i.e., against venereal disease) is to look the evil squarely in the face and fight it openly, and yet the word venereal was carefully avoided throughout the article, save in the place where Major Wilsons office was mentioned.”
“Syphilis and indeed all those diseases known as venereal, were stamped out completely in two generations; they were afflictions so horrible and disgusting that their description is not now considered suitable for the general reader.”
“This article is then found most efficient in relieving nocturnal pains and removing what is called venereal nodes, This root may be taken in decoction either alone or combined with other articles, as may best suit the views of the patient.”
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