Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or relating to hunting.
  • adj. Engaging in hunting for sport or livelihood.

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  • adj. Of, pertaining to or involved in hunting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to hunting; used in hunting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to hunting; used in hunting.
  • Given to hunting; fond of the chase.

Etymologies

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

Latin vēnāticus, from vēnātus, past participle of vēnārī, to hunt; see wen-1 in Indo-European roots.

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From Latin vēnāticus ("of or pertaining to hunting"), from vēnātus ("hunting, the chase"), from vēnor ("hunt, chase").

Examples

  • He has, in the midst of all his confusion and passionateness, the true instinct of philosophy — the true venatic sense of objective truth.

    Spare Hours

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  • "In his youth he had wrestled upon a mat in the manner of the Greeks and had downed the largest buck in the eastern wood as was ever felled by bow and arrow—that record holding itself in perpetuity given the fact that hunting in both woods was now prohibited (though the law was broken now and again, almost exclusively by members of the congenitally-venatic Scadger clan)."

    Under the Harrow by Mark Dunn, p 278

    September 4, 2011

  • Of, relating to, or used in hunting; fond of or living by hunting.

    May 11, 2008