- the gratification of sexual desire.
Origin of venery1
- the practice or sport of hunting; the chase.
Origin of venery2
Examples from the Web for venery
This conduct of venery is an ideal that is only approximated.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Aboard her Longaveile, she's thine own, To me the fooling of this fool is venery.Beaumont & Fletcher's Works (8 of 10)
Fifthly, By the too frequent reiteration of the act of venery.Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.
The hotter the Climate, the stronger are the Inclinations to Venery.Tractus de Hermaphrodites
He was, in the full force of the term, what is called in venery a knowing dog.Les Misrables
- archaic the pursuit of sexual gratification
- the art, sport, lore, or practice of hunting, esp with hounds; the chase
Word Origin and History for venery
"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).