toxic

adjective
tox·ic | \ ˈtäk-sik \

Definition of toxic 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : containing or being poisonous material especially when capable of causing death or serious debilitation toxic waste a toxic radioactive gas an insecticide highly toxic to birds

2 : exhibiting symptoms of infection or toxicosis the patient became toxic two days later

3 : extremely harsh, malicious, or harmful toxic sarcasm

4 : relating to or being an asset that has lost so much value that it cannot be sold on the market

toxic

noun

Definition of toxic (Entry 2 of 3)

: a toxic substance usually used in plural

variants: or toxico-

Definition of toxic- (Entry 3 of 3)

: poison toxicology

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Other words from toxic

Adjective

toxicity \täk-ˈsi-sə-tē \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for toxic

Synonyms: Adjective

envenomed, poison, poisoned, poisonous, venomous

Antonyms: Adjective

nonpoisonous, nontoxic, nonvenomous

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Examples of toxic in a Sentence

Adjective

The fumes from that chemical are highly toxic. Tests will be run to determine if the landfill is toxic.

Noun

tested for toxics in the water supply
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Employers were also more likely to admit to the existence of a toxic corporate culture. Eric Vanepps, Time, "The Best Way to Get People to Tell the Truth, According to Science," 11 July 2018 The Uber saga has shined a spotlight on toxic workplace culture within the tech industry. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Uber’s HR chief steps down after reportedly ignoring racial discrimination complaints," 11 July 2018 Animal tests are considered the gold standard for determining how toxic a substance might be to people. Eric Boodman, STAT, "Computers may surpass rabbits and rodents for some chemical safety tests," 11 July 2018 This is not to say, by any means, that the image of the pickup is completely toxic. James C. Cobb, Smithsonian, "The Pickup Truck’s Transformation From Humble Workhorse to Fancy Toy," 3 July 2018 This leads to a rise in the lithium levels in the body, which can be toxic. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Meds leave mentally ill vulnerable during rising temps, so take care with the Milwaukee-area heat wave," 29 June 2018 On the bright side, the tech industry itself has galvanized an egalitarian awakening as toxic brogrammer culture gives way to leaning in and #MeToo empathy. Richard Morgan, Fortune, "Meet Ro Khanna, Silicon Valley's Man in the Middle," 29 May 2018 The workplace complaint is the latest sign of trouble for the department, which has been dogged by allegations in recent years that female firefighters face a toxic culture in its firehouses. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "ACLU files complaint over alleged retaliation against female firefighters in Fairfax County," 24 May 2018 The lawsuit is another reminder of the toxic workplace culture that critics say was allowed to fester under Uber’s former chief executive, Travis Kalanick. Daisuke Wakabayashi, BostonGlobe.com, "Former Uber engineer’s lawsuit claims sexual harassment," 22 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the past, the organization has said coffee has health benefits and that the lawsuit made a mockery of the state law intended to protect people from toxics. Washington Post, "California moves to clear coffee of cancer-risk stigma," 17 June 2018 In the past, the organization has said coffee has health benefits and that the lawsuit made a mockery of the state law intended to protect people from toxics. Brian Melley, BostonGlobe.com, "California moves to clear coffee of cancer-risk stigma," 16 June 2018 In the past, the organization has said coffee has health benefits and that the lawsuit made a mockery of the state law intended to protect people from toxics. Brian Melley, BostonGlobe.com, "California moves to clear coffee of cancer-risk stigma," 16 June 2018 In the past, the organization has said coffee has health benefits and that the lawsuit made a mockery of the state law intended to protect people from toxics. Washington Post, "California moves to clear coffee of cancer-risk stigma," 17 June 2018 In the past, the organization has said coffee has health benefits and that the lawsuit made a mockery of the state law intended to protect people from toxics. Brian Melley, BostonGlobe.com, "California moves to clear coffee of cancer-risk stigma," 16 June 2018 Grassroots mobilizations and other forms of pressure helped nudge America’s political leadership to halt pipelines and craft new policies on climate change, fracking, and toxics. Christopher Sellers, Vox, "How Republicans came to embrace anti-environmentalism," 6 July 2018 In the past, the organization has said coffee has health benefits and that the lawsuit made a mockery of the state law intended to protect people from toxics. Brian Melley, BostonGlobe.com, "California moves to clear coffee of cancer-risk stigma," 16 June 2018 In the past, the organization has said coffee has health benefits and that the lawsuit made a mockery of the state law intended to protect people from toxics. Brian Melley, BostonGlobe.com, "California moves to clear coffee of cancer-risk stigma," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of toxic

Adjective

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for toxic

Adjective

Late Latin toxicus, from Latin toxicum poison, from Greek toxikon arrow poison, from neuter of toxikos of a bow, from toxon bow, arrow

Combining form

New Latin, from Latin toxicum

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Phrases Related to toxic

toxic (waste) dump

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toxic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of toxic

: containing poisonous substances

toxic

adjective
tox·ic | \ ˈtäk-sik \

Kids Definition of toxic

: containing, being, or caused by poisonous or dangerous material toxic waste toxic effects

toxic

adjective
tox·ic | \ ˈtäk-sik \

Medical Definition of toxic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : containing or being poisonous material especially when capable of causing serious injury or death toxic drugs toxic gas

2 : of, relating to, or caused by a poison or toxin toxic liver damage

3a : affected by a poison or toxin

b : affected with toxemia of pregnancy toxic pregnant women

toxic

noun

Medical Definition of toxic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a toxic substance

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toxic

adjective
tox·ic | \ ˈtäk-sik \

Legal Definition of toxic 

1 : containing or being poisonous material especially when capable of causing death or serious debilitation

2 : having substantially lowered worth specifically : relating to or being an asset that has lost so much value that it cannot be sold on the market toxic assets toxic subprime loans

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