poi·​son-pen ˈpȯi-zᵊn-ˈpen How to pronounce poison-pen (audio)
: written with malice and spite and usually anonymously
a poison-pen letter

Examples of poison-pen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sharrock sees parallels in the film’s theme with today’s social media trolling replacing poison-pen letters. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 8 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of poison-pen was in 1911

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“Poison-pen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poison-pen. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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