Definition of venom
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
Examples of venom in a Sentence
She spoke of him with venom in her voice.
He spewed venom against his rival.
Recent Examples of venom from the Web
His enemies reserve a special venom for the man whose heroism under torture was beyond imagining.
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Some experts say the venom from one bite could kill six people.
And so when a politician spews vicious, obvious lies on a near-daily basis — and directs a good portion of that venom at the free press itself — CNN’s anchors and reporters feel compelled to correct and condemn such mendacity.
What other sport gives you that kind of public venom between such prominent club executives?
Harrison has been bitten 10 times in 41 years extracting venom, requiring hospitalization and sometimes life support.
No one had been bitten by any of the snakes but nearby hospitals had anti-venom on standby, officials said.
The longer the stinger stays in the skin, the more venom is released.
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Origin and Etymology of venom
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
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of venom
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Definition of venom for English Language Learners
: 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
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Definition of venom for Students
: poison produced by an animal (as a snake or scorpion) and passed to a victim usually by biting or stinging
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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