Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Vends noun plural (Ethnol.) See Wends .

Vendue noun [ Old French vendue , from French vendre , past participle vendu , vendue , to sell.] A public sale of anything, by outcry, to the highest bidder; an auction. [ Obsoles.]

Vendue master , one who is authorized to sell any property by vendue; an auctioneer. [ Obsoles.]

Veneer transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Veneered ; present participle & verbal noun Veneering .] [ German furnieren , fourniren , from French fournir to furnish. See Furnish .] To overlay or plate with a thin layer of wood or other material for outer finish or decoration; as, to veneer a piece of furniture with mahogany. Used also figuratively.

As a rogue in grain
Veneered with sanctimonious theory.

Veneer noun [ Confer German furnier or fournier . See Veneer , transitive verb ] A thin leaf or layer of a more valuable or beautiful material for overlaying an inferior one, especially such a thin leaf of wood to be glued to a cheaper wood; hence, external show; gloss; false pretense.

Veneer moth (Zoology) , any moth of the genus Chilo ; -- so called because the mottled colors resemble those of veneering.

Veneering noun
1. The act or art of one who veneers.

2. Thin wood or other material used as a veneer.

Venefical adjective [ Latin veneficus .] Veneficial. [ Obsolete] " Venefical instruments." B. Jonson.

Venefice noun [ Latin veneficium , from veneficus poisoning; venenum poison + facere to make: confer French vénéfice .] The act or practice of poisoning. [ Obsolete]

Veneficial, Veneficious adjective Acting by poison; used in poisoning or in sorcery. [ Obsolete] "An old veneficious practice." Sir T. Browne. -- Ven`e*fi"cious*ly , adverb [ Obsolete]

Venemous adjective Venomous. [ Obsolete]

Venenate transitive verb [ Latin veneatus , past participle venenare to poison, from venenum poison. Confer Venom .] To poison; to infect with poison. [ R.] Harvey.

Venenate adjective Poisoned. Woodward.

Venenation noun
1. The act of poisoning.

2. Poison; venom. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.

Venene adjective Poisonous; venomous. [ Obsolete]

Venenose adjective [ Latin venenosus , from venenum poison. Confer Venomous .] Poisonous. [ Obsolete]

Venerability noun The quality or state of being venerable; venerableness. Dr. H. More.

Venerable adjective [ Latin venerabilis : confer French vénérable .]
1. Capable of being venerated; worthy of veneration or reverence; deserving of honor and respect; -- generally implying an advanced age; as, a venerable magistrate; a venerable parent.

He was a man of eternal self-sacrifice, and that is always venerable .
De Quincey.

Venerable men! you have come down to us from a former generation.
D. Webster.

2. Rendered sacred by religious or other associations; that should be regarded with awe and treated with reverence; as, the venerable walls of a temple or a church.

» This word is employed in the Church of England as a title for an archdeacon. In the Roman Catholic Church, venerable is applied to those who have attained to the lowest of the three recognized degrees of sanctity, but are not among the beatified , nor the canonized .

-- Ven"er*a*ble*ness , noun -- Ven"er*a*bly , adverb

Veneracea noun plural [ New Latin See Venus .] (Zoology) An extensive tribe of bivalve mollusks of which the genus Venus is the type. The shells are usually oval, or somewhat heartshaped, with a conspicuous lunule. See Venus .

Venerate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Venerated ; present participle & verbal noun Venerating .] [ Latin veneratus , past participle of venerari to venerate; akin to Venus Venus, Sanskrit van to like, to wish, and English win some. See Winsome .] To regard with reverential respect; to honor with mingled respect and awe; to reverence; to revere; as, we venerate parents and elders.

And seemed to venerate the sacred shade.

I do not know a man more to be venerated for uprightness of heart and loftiness of genius.
Sir W. Scott.

Syn. -- To reverence; revere; adore; respect.

Veneration noun [ Latin veneratio : confer French vénération .] The act of venerating, or the state of being venerated; the highest degree of respect and reverence; respect mingled with awe; a feeling or sentimental excited by the dignity, wisdom, or superiority of a person, by sacredness of character, by consecration to sacred services, or by hallowed associations.

We find a secret awe and veneration for one who moves about us in regular and illustrious course of virtue.

Syn. -- Awe; reverence; respect. See Reverence .

Venerator noun [ Latin ] One who venerates. Jer. Taylor

Venereal adjective [ Latin venereus , venerius , from Venus , Veneris , Venus, the goddess of love. See Venerate .]
1. Of or pertaining to venery, or sexual love; relating to sexual intercourse.

Into the snare I fell
Of fair, fallacious looks, venereal trains,
Softened with pleasure and voluptuous life.

2. (Medicine) (a) Arising from sexual intercourse; as, a venereal disease; venereal virus or poison. (b) Adapted to the cure of venereal diseases; as, venereal medicines.

3. Adapted to excite venereal desire; aphrodisiac.

4. Consisting of, or pertaining to, copper, formerly called by chemists Venus . [ Obsolete] Boyle.

Venereal noun (Medicine) The venereal disease; syphilis.

Venerean adjective [ Confer French vénérien .] Devoted to the offices of Venus, or love; venereal. [ Obsolete] "I am all venerean in feeling." Chaucer.

Venereous adjective [ Latin venereus .]
1. Venereal; exciting lust; aphrodisiac. [ Obsolete]

2. Lustful; lascivious; libidinous. [ R.] Derham.

Venerous adjective Venereous. [ Obsolete] Burton.

Venery noun [ Latin Venus , Veneris , the goddess of love.] Sexual love; sexual intercourse; coition.

Contentment, without the pleasure of lawful venery , is continence; of unlawful, chastity.

Venery noun [ Middle English venerie , French vénerie , from Old French vener to hunt, Latin venari . See Venison .] The art, act, or practice of hunting; the sports of the chase. "Beasts of venery and fishes." Sir T. Browne.

I love hunting and venery .

Venesection noun [ New Latin venaesectio ; Latin vena vein + sectio section.] (Medicine) The act or operation of opening a vein for letting blood; bloodletting; phlebotomy.

Venetian adjective [ Confer Italian Veneziano , Latin Venetianus .] Of or pertaining to Venice in Italy.

Venetian blind , a blind for windows, doors, etc., made of thin slats, either fixed at a certain angle in the shutter, or movable, and in the latter case so disposed as to overlap each other when close, and to show a series of open spaces for the admission of air and light when in other positions. -- Venetian carpet , an inexpensive carpet, used for passages and stairs, having a woolen warp which conceals the weft; the pattern is therefore commonly made up of simple stripes. -- Venetian chalk , a white compact or steatite, used for marking on cloth, etc. -- Venetian door (Architecture) , a door having long, narrow windows or panes of glass on the sides. -- Venetian glass , a kind of glass made by the Venetians, for decorative purposes, by the combination of pieces of glass of different colors fused together and wrought into various ornamental patterns. -- Venetian red , a brownish red color, prepared from sulphate of iron; -- called also scarlet ocher . -- Venetian soap . See Castile soap , under Soap . -- Venetian sumac (Botany) , a South European tree ( Rhus Cotinus ) which yields the yellow dyewood called fustet ; -- also called smoke tree . -- Venetian window (Architecture) , a window consisting of a main window with an arched head, having on each side a long and narrow window with a square head.

Venetian noun A native or inhabitant of Venice.

Venetian noun
1. plural Galligaskins. [ Obsolete]

2. A Venetian blind. [ Colloq.]

Venew noun [ French venue , lit., an arrival, from venir , past participle venu , venue , to come. See Venue .] A bout, or turn, as at fencing; a thrust; a hit; a veney. [ Obsolete] Fuller.

Veney noun [ Confer Venew or Visne .] A bout; a thrust; a venew. [ Obsolete] Beau. & Fl.

Three veneys for a dish of stewed prunes.

Venge transitive verb [ French venger . See Vengeance .] To avenge; to punish; to revenge. [ Obsolete] See Avenge , and Revenge . Chaucer . "To venge me, as I may." Shak.

Vengeable adjective Revengeful; deserving revenge. [ Obsolete] Spenser. -- Venge"a*bly , adverb [ Obsolete]

Vengeance noun [ French vengeance , from venger to avenge, Latin vindicare to lay claim to, defend, avenge, from vindex a claimant, defender, avenger, the first part of which is of uncertain origin, and the last part akin to dicere to say. See Diction , and confer Avenge , Revenge , Vindicate .]
1. Punishment inflicted in return for an injury or an offense; retribution; -- often, in a bad sense, passionate or unrestrained revenge.

To me belongeth vengeance and recompense.
Deut. xxxii. 35.

To execute fierce vengeance on his foes.

2. Harm; mischief. [ Obsolete] Shak.

What a vengeance , or What the vengeance , what! -- emphatically. [ Obsolete] "But what a vengeance makes thee fly!" Hudibras. " What the vengeance ! Could he not speak 'em fair?" Shak. -- With a vengeance , with great violence; as, to strike with a vengeance . [ Colloq.]

Vengeancely adverb Extremely; excessively. [ Obsolete] "He loves that vengeancely ." Beau. & Fl.

Vengeful adjective Vindictive; retributive; revengeful. " Vengeful ire." Milton. -- Venge"ful*ly , adverb

Vengement noun [ Old French vengement .] Avengement; penal retribution; vengeance. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Venger noun An avenger. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Veniable adjective [ Latin veniabilis , from venia forgiveness, pardon.] Venial; pardonable. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne. -- Ve"ni*a*bly , adverb [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.

Venial adjective [ Old French venial , French véniel , Latin venialis , from venia forgiveness, pardon, grace, favor, kindness; akin to venerari to venerate. See Venerate .]
1. Capable of being forgiven; not heinous; excusable; pardonable; as, a venial fault or transgression.

So they do nothing, 't is a venial slip.

2. Allowed; permitted. [ Obsolete] "Permitting him the while venial discourse unblamed." Milton.

Venial sin (R. C. Theol.) , a sin which weakens, but does not wholly destroy, sanctifying grace, as do mortal, or deadly, sins.

-- Ve"ni*al*ly , adverb -- Ve"ni*al*ness , noun Bp. Hall.

Veniality noun The quality or state of being venial; venialness. Jer. Taylor.

Venin noun [ Latin venenum poison.] (Physiol. Chem.) A toxic substance contained in the venom of poisonous snakes; also, a (supposedly identical) toxic substance obtained by the cleavage of an albumose.

Venire facias [ Latin , make, or cause, to come.] (Law) (a) A judicial writ or precept directed to the sheriff, requiring him to cause a certain number of qualified persons to appear in court at a specified time, to serve as jurors in said court. (b) A writ in the nature of a summons to cause the party indicted on a penal statute to appear. Called also venire .

Venison noun [ Middle English veneison , veneson , venison , Old French veneison , French venaison , Latin venatio hunting, the chase, game, from venari , past participle venatus , to hunt; perhaps akin to Old High German weidin...n , weidenen , to pasture, to hunt, German weide pasturage. Confer Gain to acquire, Venation .]
1. Beasts of the chase. [ Obsolete] Fabyan.

2. Formerly, the flesh of any of the edible beasts of the chase, also of game birds; now, the flesh of animals of the deer kind exclusively.

Venite noun [ Latin , come, imperative 2d person plural So called from its opening word in the Latin version.] (Eccl.) The 95th Psalm, which is said or sung regularly in the public worship of many churches. Also, a musical composition adapted to this Psalm.

Venom noun [ Middle English venim , Old French venim , French venin , Latin veneum . Confer Venenate .]
1. Matter fatal or injurious to life; poison; particularly, the poisonous, the poisonous matter which certain animals, such as serpents, scorpions, bees, etc., secrete in a state of health, and communicate by thing or stinging.

Or hurtful worm with cankered venom bites.

2. Spite; malice; malignity; evil quality. Chaucer . "The venom of such looks." Shak.

Syn. -- Venom; virus; bane. See Poison .

Venom transitive verb [ Middle English venimen , Old French venimer , Latin venenare . See Venom , noun ] To infect with venom; to envenom; to poison. [ R.] " Venomed vengeance." Shak.

Venomous adjective [ Middle English venemous , venimous , French venimeux , Latin venenosus , from venenum poison. See Venom , and confer Venenose .]
1. Full of venom; noxious to animal life; poisonous; as, the bite of a serpent may be venomous .

2. (Zoology) Having a poison gland or glands for the secretion of venom, as certain serpents and insects.

3. Noxious; mischievous; malignant; spiteful; as, a venomous progeny; a venomous writer.

Venomous snake (Zoology) , any serpent which has poison glands and fangs, whether dangerous to man or not. These serpents constitute two tribes, the viperine serpents, or Solenoglypha, and the cobralike serpents, or Proteroglypha. The former have perforated, erectile fangs situated in the front part of the upper jaw, and are without ordinary teeth behind the fangs; the latter have permanently erect and grooved fangs, with ordinary maxillary teeth behind them.

-- Ven"om*ous*ly , adverb -- Ven"om*ous*ness , noun