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Definition: Pursuit of sexual pleasure, sexual indulgence

Pronunciation: VE-ne-ry


First met in the late 15th century, venery derives from the Latin veneria meaning sexual intercourse. In turn, both originate from Venus, the god of love and sexual desire.

In the early 14th century, venery was used as derived from the French vnerie meaning the practice of hunting, the practice of a chase.

Although completely different, the theoretical resemblance is very much out there.

Why this word?

Too many times lately I’ve wondered what would ever be enough for us; when will we, as the human race, decide that we should strive no further. What does it take for a man to stand up and say “I’m satisfied with what I have”?

When I was younger I used to like this British band called Lostprophets, they were huge so I’m assuming you’ve at least heard of them. A few days ago while surfing the web I came across this. I will not enter any details here, but the lead singer is now charged with a line of horrific pedophilic acts the human ear should have never heard of.

When did we, the human kind, decide that whatever it is that nature has planned for us is simply not enough? These actions cannot even be called animalistic or bestial as animals don’t have this practice…

In this era of completely unclear sexual desires, I suggest a little break, to remind us who we are and what it is that we should be doing, rather than what it is that we are doing. Completely without coming across as a prude, some things are just out of line.

Venery is a good word for this meditation in particular as it combines the two- it is the pure pursuit for sexual pleasure, deriving from the name of the God of Love. But it is also the chase of the hunt, the subduing, overpowering and beating of something (someone) smaller and more vulnerable than you are.

Let’s use this word to help us draw the line between the two.

How to use the word venery in a sentence?

Venery is a noun and can be used both in the positive and negative manners; as long as the matter is of sexual pursuit- your use of it will be correct.

“Her acts of venery are of admirable. She is never too tired or ever too busy to find the time and strength to look her absolute best and hit the bars!”

“He is unstoppable, his venery sees no boundaries. Women ceased from being women to him in his early 20s, they are no nothing but means to an evil goal”.


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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