Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Transmitted by sexual intercourse.
  • adjective Of or relating to a sexually transmitted disease.
  • adjective Of or relating to sexual intercourse.
  • adjective Of or relating to the genitals.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) The venereal disease; syphilis.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to venery, or sexual love; relating to sexual intercourse.
  • adjective Arising from sexual intercourse
  • adjective Adapted to the cure of venereal diseases.
  • adjective Adapted to excite venereal desire; aphrodisiac.
  • adjective obsolete Consisting of, or pertaining to, copper, formerly called by chemists Venus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective sexually transmitted.
  • adjective of or relating to sexual intercourse, lust, or the genitals.
  • adjective that which excites sexual desire; aphrodisiac.
  • adjective obsolete of or relating to copper.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of or relating to the external sex organs

Etymologies

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

[Middle English venerealle, from Latin venereus, from venus, vener-, desire, love; see wen- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Originated 1400–50 from late Middle English venereal, from Latin venereus (of sexual love), from vener (sexual charm) + -eus (adjective suffix) + -al (pertaining to).

Examples

  • (She will find this especially creepy if she specializes in venereal diseases or in the condition known colloquially as “black hairy tongue.”)

    What’s Your Problem?

  • (She will find this especially creepy if she specializes in venereal diseases or in the condition known colloquially as “black hairy tongue.”)

    What’s Your Problem?

  • 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.

    Modern Science in the Bible

  • 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.

    Modern Science in the Bible

  • 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.

    Modern Science in the Bible

  • (She will find this especially creepy if she specializes in venereal diseases or in the condition known colloquially as “black hairy tongue.”)

    What’s Your Problem?

  • 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.

    Modern Science in the Bible

  • 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.

    Feminist Utopianism and Female Sexuality in Joanna Baillie’s Comedies

  • And there's an ancient law that says you can't actually mention the word venereal disease or print it in public.

    Richard Branson's life at 30,000 feet

  • 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.

    Richard Branson's life at 30,000 feet

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