envenom

verb

en·​ven·​om in-ˈve-nəm How to pronounce envenom (audio)
en-
envenomed; envenoming; envenoms

transitive verb

1
: to make poisonous
2

Example Sentences

thoughtless, self-indulgent antics that only managed to envenom his teammates
Recent Examples on the Web Testing the Constitution will further envenom the atmosphere. Conrad Black, National Review, 15 Sep. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English envenimen, from Anglo-French envenimer, from en- + venim venom

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of envenom was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Envenom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/envenom. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

envenom

verb

en·​ven·​om in-ˈven-əm How to pronounce envenom (audio)
1
: to poison with venom
2
: to cause to feel bitterness or hatred
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