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From Middle English venereā̆l, venereā̆lle (of or relating to sexual intercourse), from Latin venereus, venerius (of or relating to sexual love),[1] from Venus (Roman goddess of love),[2] from Proto-Indo-European *wenh₁- (to love).

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venereal (not comparable)

  1. Of or relating to the genitals or sexual intercourse.
    Synonyms: aphroditic, Cytherean (rare)
  2. Of a disease: sexually transmitted; of or relating to, or adapted to the cure of, a venereal disease.
    Antonym: nonvenereal
    a venereal medicine
  3. (astrology, obsolete) Pertaining to the astrological influence of the planet Venus; lascivious, lustful.
    Synonyms: libidinous, lusty (informal), venereous (obsolete); see also Thesaurus:randy
  4. (chemistry, obsolete) Of or relating to copper (formerly called Venus by alchemists).

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  1. ^ venereā̆l(le, adj.” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 21 January 2019.
  2. ^ venereal, adj. and n.”, in OED Online  , Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1916; “venereal” (US) / “venereal” (UK) in Oxford Dictionaries, Oxford University Press.

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