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From Latin vēnātōrius (of or pertaining to a hunter or the chase), from vēnātor (hunter), from vēnor (hunt, chase).


venatorial (not comparable)

  1. Of, pertaining to or involved in hunting or the chase.
    • 1840, Delabere Pritchett Blaine, An Encyclopædia of Rural Sports[1], page 560:
      [] and when he hunted, less from necessity than for amusement, he would be naturally led to vary his venatorial practices.
    • 1854, Richard Owen, Robert Gordon Latham, Edward Smith, William Sweetland Dallas, Orr's Circle of the Sciences[2], Volume 1, page 323:
      Contrast these two tribes with their neighbours of the south and west—with the Ugrians of the leveller country and the alluvial soils on the Viatka and Kama, and we see the difference between a life of agriculture and a life of venatorial activity
    • 1995, Derek Birley, Playing the Game: Sport and British Society, 1910-45[3], →ISBN, page 8:
      Indeed contrary to conventional wisdom (which held that it was the urban bourgeoise who debased true venatorial values


  • (of or pertaining to hunting): venatic

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