Venery is the pursuit or practice of sexual gratification or indulgence of sexual desires. The term derives from the Medieval Latin word veneria, a word which in turn refers to the Roman goddess of love and sex, Venus.
Venery is an archaic term which has fallen out of favor in recent years. However, it’s where we get the word venereal. While modern medical professionals refer to sexually transmitted infections, these were called venereal diseases in the not too distant past. This term is still widely understood today.