Definition of venereal in US English:



  • 1Relating to sexual desire or sexual intercourse.

    • ‘Streetwalkers are a venereal roulette wheel, but come a lot cheaper.’
    • ‘Natalie turned her face away at this venereal comment, mostly to hide the blush as she imagined the scene in her head.’
    • ‘For Tancred and Poussin alike, the literal wounds of passion, whether martial or venereal, have been succored by true charity and enduring love.’
    • ‘On the venereal horror front, David Cronenberg's 1977 Rabid was recently released on DVD, complete with director's commentary.’
    • ‘Fracastoro could not resolve the origins of syphilis and didn't even recognize its venereal mode of transmission.’
    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.
      • ‘Genital warts, sometimes called venereal warts, are contracted through sexual contact.’
      • ‘Medics also found that venereal disease increased alarmingly as the troops moved closer to Philippine urban centers.’
      • ‘Genital warts, also known as condylomata acuminata or venereal warts, are one of the most common types of sexually transmitted diseases.’
      • ‘Transmission is by direct venereal skin-to-skin contact, and 95% of sexual contacts of an active carrier will develop an infestation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These may be caused by inflammatory bowel disease, local or systemic malignancy, venereal infection, trauma, tuberculosis, or chemotherapy.’
      • ‘In the late 1870s the Royal Navy refused to visit, because of the virulence of venereal infection.’
      • ‘Gonorrhea is a very common venereal disease caused by a bacterium, Neisseria gonorrhoeae.’
      • ‘This compounded product is used for chemical peels, actinic keratoses, and venereal warts.’
      • ‘Their personal habits are so filthy, that I suspected that venereal disease was wide-spread among them.’


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