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venery1

[ven-uh-ree] /ˈvɛn ə ri/
noun, Archaic.
1.
the gratification of sexual desire.
Origin of venery1
1490-1500
1490-1500; < Latin vener- (stem of venus; see Venus) + -y3; compare Latin venera amours

venery2

[ven-uh-ree] /ˈvɛn ə ri/
noun, Archaic.
1.
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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  • After all, what is reading but a vice, like drink or venery or any other form of excessive self-indulgence?

    Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley
  • This conduct of venery is an ideal that is only approximated.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • In the early days of venery the whole pack was not allowed to hunt at the commencement of the chase.

    The Master of Game Second Duke of York, Edward
  • Fifthly, By the too frequent reiteration of the act of venery.

  • The adjective, used in venery of a buck of the third year, is a diminutive of Old Fr.

  • The hotter the Climate, the stronger are the Inclinations to venery.

  • But men do not take them to the curée nor are they judged as of the hart or other beasts of venery.

    The Master of Game Second Duke of York, Edward
  • The King held a high Court, and bade his great vassals and barons, and all the lords of his venery to the feast.

  • This word seems to have remained in use in England long after it had disappeared from the language of French venery.

    The Master of Game Second Duke of York, Edward
  • The walls, wainscoted in dark walnut wood, were adorned with grotesque carvings of hunting scenes and instruments of venery.

British Dictionary definitions for venery

venery1

/ˈvɛnərɪ; ˈviː-/
noun
1.
(archaic) the pursuit of sexual gratification
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin veneria, from Latin venus love, Venus1

venery2

/ˈvɛnərɪ; ˈviː-/
noun
1.
the art, sport, lore, or practice of hunting, esp with hounds; the chase
Word Origin
C14: from Old French venerie, from vener to hunt, from Latin vēnārī
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Word Origin and History for venery
n.

"pursuit of sexual pleasure," late 15c., from Medieval Latin veneria "sexual intercourse," from Latin venus (genitive 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" (early 14c.), from Old French venerie, from Latin venari "to hunt" (see venison).

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