Definition of venereal in US English:



  • 1Relating to sexual desire or sexual intercourse.

    • ‘On the venereal horror front, David Cronenberg's 1977 Rabid was recently released on DVD, complete with director's commentary.’
    • ‘For Tancred and Poussin alike, the literal wounds of passion, whether martial or venereal, have been succored by true charity and enduring love.’
    • ‘Fracastoro could not resolve the origins of syphilis and didn't even recognize its venereal mode of transmission.’
    • ‘Natalie turned her face away at this venereal comment, mostly to hide the blush as she imagined the scene in her head.’
    • ‘Streetwalkers are a venereal roulette wheel, but come a lot cheaper.’
    sexual, sensual, erotic, lustful, lascivious, libidinous, lecherous, licentious, lewd, prurient, salacious, coarse, gross, lubricious
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    1. 1.1 Relating to venereal disease.
      • ‘Even then, you could be at risk for spreading or catching diseases that don't depend strictly on genital contact, such as herpes or venereal warts.’
      • ‘In WW I just over one-quarter of the diseases for which British soldiers were hospitalized were venereal.’
      • ‘An appalling number of venereal infections are caused by quite young girls who seem, on the surface, perfectly fit companions for decent lads.’
      • ‘Gonorrhea is a very common venereal disease caused by a bacterium, Neisseria gonorrhoeae.’
      • ‘These may be caused by inflammatory bowel disease, local or systemic malignancy, venereal infection, trauma, tuberculosis, or chemotherapy.’
      • ‘Genital warts, also known as condylomata acuminata or venereal warts, are one of the most common types of sexually transmitted diseases.’
      • ‘Genital warts, sometimes called venereal warts, are contracted through sexual contact.’
      • ‘Transmission is by direct venereal skin-to-skin contact, and 95% of sexual contacts of an active carrier will develop an infestation.’
      • ‘This compounded product is used for chemical peels, actinic keratoses, and venereal warts.’
      • ‘In the late 1870s the Royal Navy refused to visit, because of the virulence of venereal infection.’
      • ‘Their personal habits are so filthy, that I suspected that venereal disease was wide-spread among them.’
      • ‘Medics also found that venereal disease increased alarmingly as the troops moved closer to Philippine urban centers.’


Late Middle English: from Latin venereus (from venus, vener- ‘sexual love’) + -al.