venom

noun
ven·​om | \ ˈve-nəm How to pronounce venom (audio) \

Definition of venom

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1 : a toxic substance produced by some animals (such as snakes, scorpions, or bees) that is injected into prey or an enemy chiefly by biting or stinging and has an injurious or lethal effect broadly : a substance that is poisonous
2 : a spiteful malicious feeling or state of mind : extreme ill will : malevolence

venom

verb
venomed; venoming; venoms

Definition of venom (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms for venom

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of venom in a Sentence

Noun She spoke of him with venom in her voice. He spewed venom against his rival.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Injections for people with allergies to bee venom, pollen, and pet dander have been around for years. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "First peanut allergy treatment gains backing from FDA advisory panel," 13 Sep. 2019 Snake venom can cause tissue damage, hemorrhaging and respiratory arrest — in other words, a painful death. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive.com, "New snakebite antidote drives competition, but costs will still bite," 18 Aug. 2019 Gretchen knew how to suck out mosquito and bee venom with a syringe. Rebecca Schuman, Longreads, "I’ll Be Loving You Forever," 14 Aug. 2019 And some caterpillar venom can keep human blood from clotting. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Hold a giant cockroach (if you want) in new ‘Fantastic Bug Encounters!’ at the Field Museum," 26 June 2019 The idea that moving around pumps venom through your body more quickly isn’t accurate. Mary Forgione, latimes.com, "It’s rattlesnake season: 12 things you need to know," 7 June 2019 And in the beauty world, many of the hottest skin-care ingredients (snail mucus, bee venom) sound like they’ve been formulated in a steaming cauldron instead a lab. Harper's BAZAAR, "The Modern Woman Is Embracing Her Inner Witch," 12 Nov. 2018 The eye-roll caught by television cameras said as much, so did the venom that came spitting out of his mouth at State Farm Stadium. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "'Trust me:' Matthew Stafford, Matt Patricia explain unfortunate Lions timeout," 9 Sep. 2019 The venom of a brown recluse can cause a severe lesion by destroying skin tissue (skin necrosis). Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Thought She Had Water in Her Ear — Turns Out It Was a Venomous Brown Recluse Spider," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of venom

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for venom

Noun

Middle English venim, borrowed from Anglo-French venim, venyn, going back to Vulgar Latin *venīmen, re-formation of Latin venēmum "magical herb, poison," going back to *wenes-no-m, from *wenes- (whence vener-, venus "sexual desire, qualities exciting desire, charm") + *-no-, instrumental suffix — more at venus

Verb

Middle English venimen, borrowed from Anglo-French venimer, verbal derivative of venim venom entry 1

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26 Oct 2019

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The first known use of venom was in the 13th century

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venom

noun
How to pronounce venom (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of venom

: poison that is produced by an animal (such as a snake) and used to kill or injure another animal usually through biting or stinging
: a very strong feeling of anger or hatred

venom

noun
ven·​om | \ ˈve-nəm How to pronounce venom (audio) \

Kids Definition of venom

: poison produced by an animal (as a snake or scorpion) and passed to a victim usually by biting or stinging

venom

noun
ven·​om | \ ˈven-əm How to pronounce venom (audio) \

Medical Definition of venom

: a toxic substance produced by some animals (as snakes, scorpions, or bees) that is injected into prey or an enemy chiefly by biting or stinging and has an injurious or lethal effect broadly : a substance that is poisonous

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