venereal
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /vəˈnɪə.ɹɪ.əl/, /vɪ-/
  • (GA) IPA: /vəˈnɪ.ɹi.əl/
Adjective

venereal (not comparable)

  1. Of or relating to the genital#Noun|genitals or sexual intercourse.
    Synonyms: aphroditic, Cytherean
    • 1637, Tho[mas] Heywood, “Ivpiter and Io”, in Pleasant Dialogves and Dramma’s, Selected ovt of Lucian, Erasmus, Textor, Ovid, &c. […], London: Printed by R. O[ulton] for R. H[earne], and are to be sold by Thomas Slater […], OCLC 5060642 ↗, page 170 ↗:
      Wouldſt thou not haue ſome Bulchin from the herd / To phyſicke thee of this venereall itch?
    • 1671, John Milton, “Samson Agonistes, […]”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗, lines 533–535, page 37 ↗:
      Then ſwoll'n with pride into the ſnare I fell / Of fair, fallacious looks, venereal trains, / Softn'd with pleaſure and voluptuous life; [...]
  2. Of a disease: sexually transmitted#Adjective|transmitted; of or relating to, or adapted to the cure#Noun|cure of, a venereal disease.
    Antonyms: nonvenereal
    a venereal medicine
    • 1597, Don Richardo de Medico campo [pseudonym; Richard Lichfield], The Trimming of Thomas Nashe Gentleman, London: Printed [by Edward Allde] for Philip Scarlet, OCLC 216582616 ↗; republished as J[ohn] P[ayne] C[ollier], editor, The Trimming of Thomas Nashe Gentleman (Miscellaneous Tracts, Temp. Eliz. & Jac. I), [London: s.n.], 1870, OCLC 906194670 ↗, page 7 ↗:
      [...] I like not his countenance; I am afraid he labours of the venereall murr#English|murre.
  3. (astrology, obsolete) Pertaining to the astrological influence#Noun|influence of the planet Venus; lascivious, lustful.
    Synonyms: libidinous, lusty, venereous, Thesaurus:randy
  4. (chemistry, obsolete) Of or relating to copper (formerly called Venus by alchemists).
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