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venereal disease


venereal disease rate
(Adult / Slang)
Or: VD, any infection transmitted through close, intimate and/or sexual contact. This word, coined by a French doctor named Jacques de Bethencourt who called syphilis morbus venereus , or the sickness of Venus, is being superseded by the less judgmental: sexually transmitted disease (STD) or sexually transmitted infection (STI). See STD for synonyms.


(1) Paul (John Malkovich) in Shadows and Fog (1992): ' I never do it with a whore. You start out with a burning desire and you end up in the morning with a burning sensation, if you know what I mean.'

(2) Professor Abraham Van Helsing (Anthony Hopkins) in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1993): ' Blood and the diseases of the blood, such as syphilis, which concerns us here. The very name venereal diseases, the diseases of Venus, imputes to them a divine origin.'

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