Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Archaic Indulgence in or pursuit of sexual activity.
  • n. Archaic The act of sexual intercourse.
  • n. Archaic The act or sport of hunting; the chase.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The hunting of wild animals.
  • n. Game animals.
  • n. The pursuit of sexual pleasure or indulgence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Sexual love; sexual intercourse; coition.
  • n. The art, act, or practice of hunting; the sports of the chase.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or exercise of hunting; the sports of the chase; hunting.
  • n. Beasts of the chase; game.
  • n. A kennel for hunting-dogs.
  • n. Gratification of the sexual desire.

Etymologies

Middle English venerie, from Old French, from Medieval Latin veneria, from Latin venus, vener-, desire, love; see wen-1 in Indo-European roots.
Middle English venerie, from Old French, from vener, to hunt, from Latin vēnārī; see wen-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English venerie, from Middle French, from venerie ("hunting"), from Latin vēnor ("I hunt"). (Wiktionary)
Mediaeval Latin veneria, from venus (“love”). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Others again understand it of preposterous venery, which is absurd: every ancient law-giver framed his code to increase the true wealth of the people — population — and severely punished all processes, like onanism, which impeded it.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The venery was a little further off, drawing toward the park.

    The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VII (of X)—Continental Europe I

  • Both writers confuse excision of the nymphæ with circumcision of the clitoris (Zambúr) Al-Siyúti (Kitab al-Izá 'fi'Ilm al-Nikah) has a very interesting chapter on Sapphic venery, which is well known to Europe as proved by such works as "Gamiani," and "Anandria ou Confessions de Mademoiselle Sappho, avec la Clef,"

    Arabian nights. English

  • Others again understand it of preposterous venery, which is absurd: every ancient law-giver framed his code to increase the true wealth of the people -- population -- and severely punished all processes, like onanism, which impeded it.

    Arabian nights. English

  • How birds are affected in this kind, appears out of Aristotle, he will have them to sing ob futuram venerem for joy or in hope of their venery which is to come.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Both writers confuse excision of the nymphæ with circumcision of the clitoris (Zambúr) Al – Siyúti (Kitab al-Izá’ fi’Ilm al-Nikah) has a very interesting chapter on Sapphic venery, which is well known to Europe as proved by such works as

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • While the Kennedy's -- Dad, John, Teddy and Bobby -- may seem like exemplars of the sex gambols, there were others, many, many others, equally blatant, but much more discreet, who used their powerful positions to exercise the venery.

    Warren Adler: Chick Lit is Dead, Lover Lit is In

  • I suggested to the most senior editor on gay topics that I should go undercover to "gay baths" and "backrooms" (as such places were called) to chronicle the somber scenes of venery daily enacted therein.

    Defending Arizona's Education Law

  • For years, as a child, I had believed that venery was one of the seven deadly sins, like envy, greed, and sloth.

    Birdology

  • I'd never felt less like venery in my life, not in that ghastly place, after the sights I'd seen, and with that obscene mob about me; even apart from that, she did not prepossess-which shows how wrong you can be.

    Isabelle

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  • "Out of the ten octaves that make up the human instrument, I can compass perhaps two. Thus, while I may have a certain amount of intelligence, I have no aesthetic sense; while I possess the mathematical faculty, I am wholly without the religious emotions; while I am naturally addicted to venery, I have little ambition and am not at all avaricious."

    - Aldous Huxley, Crome Yellow

    March 29, 2008

  • "Girls of a more 'primitive' age have sung the praises of their 'deep fringed purse' and mocked the man who tried to plumb them. They could boast of the fury of their venery and the comfort of their lust but the permissive women of our pill-safe age can only allow the Hell's Angels to prove their valour by not vomiting when they suck menstrual blood from them, or wank the boys who walk them to the bus stop, or let them have a fuck without too much palaver."
    - 'The Politics Of Female Sexuality', Germaine Greer in Oz, 1970.

    March 28, 2008

  • "And the traveller Leopold went into the castle for to rest him for a space being sore of limb after many marches environing in divers lands and sometimes venery."
    Joyce, Ulysses, 14

    January 20, 2007