I. noun Etymology: Middle English venerie, from Anglo-French, from Old French vener to hunt, from Latin venari — more at venison Date: 14th century 1. the art, act, or practice of hunting 2. animals that are hunted ; game II. noun Etymology: Middle English venerie, from Medieval Latin veneria, from Latin vener-, venus sexual desire Date: 15th century 1. the pursuit of or indulgence in sexual pleasure 2. sexual intercourse

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  • Venery — Ven er*y, n. [OE. venerie, F. v[ e]nerie, fr. OF. vener to hunt, L. venari. See {Venison}.] The art, act, or practice of hunting; the sports of the chase. Beasts of venery and fishes. Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] I love hunting and venery.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Venery — Ven er*y, n. [L. Venus, Veneris, the goddess of love.] Sexual love; sexual intercourse; coition. [1913 Webster] Contentment, without the pleasure of lawful venery, is continence; of unlawful, chastity. Grew. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Venery — can refer to the following:*The practice or sport of hunting game animals, or the wild animals so hunted. *The practice or pursuit of sexual pleasure, or the indulgence of sexual also*Collective noun ndash; terms of venery (words for… …   Wikipedia

  • venery — pursuit of sexual pleasure, late 15c., from M.L. veneria sexual intercourse, from L. venus (gen. veneris) sexual love, sexual desire (see VENUS (Cf. Venus)). In earlier use it may have been felt as a play on now obsolete homonym venery practice… …   Etymology dictionary

  • venery — venery1 [ven′ər ē] n. [LME venerie < L Venus (gen. Veneris): see VENUS] Archaic the indulgence of sexual desire; specif., sexual intercourse venery2 [ven′ər ē] n. [ME venerie < MFr < vener, to hunt < L venari: see VENISON] Archaic the …   English World dictionary

  • venery — noun /ˈvɛnəri/ a) The hunting of wild animals. But soon enough he’d wake up the second, real time, to make again the tiresome discovery that it hadn’t really ever stopped being the same simple minded, literal pursuit; V. ambiguously a beast of… …   Wiktionary

  • venery — Synonyms and related words: act of love, adultery, aphrodisia, ass, balling, beasts of venery, big game, carnal knowledge, chase, chevy, chivy, climax, cohabitation, coition, coitus, coitus interruptus, commerce, congress, connection, copula,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • venery — venery1 /ven euh ree/, n. Archaic. the gratification of sexual desire. [1490 1500; < L vener (s. of venus; see VENUS) + Y3; cf. L venera amours] venery2 /ven euh ree/, n. Archaic. the practice or sport of hunting; the chase. [1275 1325; ME… …   Universalium

  • venery — ven·ery ven ə rē n, pl ven·er·ies 1) the pursuit of or indulgence in sexual pleasure 2) SEXUAL INTERCOURSE …   Medical dictionary

  • venery — n. sexual intercourse; pursuit of sexual activity; hunting (Archaic) …   English contemporary dictionary