venomous
adjective Date: 14th century 1. full of venom: as a. poisonous, envenomed b. noxious, pernicious <
expose a venomous dope ring — Don Porter
>
c. spiteful, malevolent <
venomous criticism
>
2. having a venom-producing gland and able to inflict a poisoned wound <
venomous snakes
>
venomously adverbvenomousness noun

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  • Venomous — Ven om*ous, a. [OE. venemous, venimous, F. venimeux, L. venenosus, fr. venenum poison. See {Venom}, and cf. {Venenose}.] 1. Full of venom; noxious to animal life; poisonous; as, the bite of a serpent may be venomous. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.)… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • venomous — index bitter (penetrating), bitter (reproachful), caustic, dangerous, deadly, deleterious, fatal …   Law dictionary

  • venomous — late 13c., from Anglo Fr. venimeus, O.Fr. venimeux, from venim (see VENOM (Cf. venom)). Earliest recorded use is figurative; literal sense by early 14c. Related: Venomously; venomousness …   Etymology dictionary

  • venomous — *poisonous, virulent, toxic, mephitic, pestilent, pestilential, miasmic, miasmatic, miasmal Analogous words: malignant, malign, malevolent (see MALICIOUS): baleful, malefic, maleficent (see SINISTER): *pernicious, baneful, noxious, deleterious,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • venomous — [adj] poisonous; hateful accidentally on purpose*, antagonistic, baleful, baneful, catty*, cussed*, deadly, destructive, dirty, evil, hostile, lethal, malefic, malevolent, malicious, malign, malignant, mean, mephitic, noxious, ornery*, rancorous …   New thesaurus

  • venomous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) secreting or capable of injecting venom. 2) very malicious, bitter, or aggressive. DERIVATIVES venomously adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • venomous — [ven′əməs] adj. [ME venimous < OFr venimeux] 1. containing or full of venom; poisonous 2. malignant; spiteful; malicious 3. Zool. having a poison gland or glands and able to inflict a poisonous wound by biting or stinging venomously adv.… …   English World dictionary

  • venomous — [[t]ve̱nəməs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe a person or their behaviour as venomous, you mean that they show great bitterness and anger towards someone. ...his terrifying and venomous Aunt Bridget... He heaped abuse on Waite and… …   English dictionary

  • venomous — venomously, adv. venomousness, venomness, n. /ven euh meuhs/, adj. 1. (of an animal) having a gland or glands for secreting venom; able to inflict a poisoned bite, sting, or wound: a venomous snake. 2. full of or containing venom; poisonous: a… …   Universalium

  • venomous — adjective /ˈvɛnəməs/ a) Full of venom. The villain tricked him into drinking the venomous concoction. b) Toxic; poisonous. His attitude toward me is utterly venomous. Syn: noxious, poisonous …   Wiktionary

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