venery

venery

1 [ven-uh-ree]
noun Archaic.
the gratification of sexual desire.

Origin:
1490–1500; < Latin vener- (stem of venus; see Venus) + -y3; compare Latin venera amours

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venery

2 [ven-uh-ree]
noun Archaic.
the practice or sport of hunting; the chase.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English venerie hunting < Middle French, equivalent to ven(er) to hunt ≪ Latin vēnārī + -erie -ery

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venery1 (ˈvɛnərɪ, ˈviː-)
 
n
archaic the pursuit of sexual gratification
 
[C15: from Medieval Latin veneria, from Latin venus love, Venus1]

venery2 (ˈvɛnərɪ, ˈviː-)
 
n
the art, sport, lore, or practice of hunting, esp with hounds; the chase
 
[C14: from Old French venerie, from vener to hunt, from Latin vēnārī]

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venery
"pursuit of sexual pleasure," 1497, from M.L. veneria "sexual intercourse," from L. venus (gen. veneris) "sexual love, sexual desire" (see Venus). In earlier use it may have been felt as a play on now obsolete homonym venery "practice or sport of hunting, the chase" (c.1320),
from O.Fr. venerie, from L. venari "to hunt" (see venison).
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