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poison

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 3)

containing or contaminated with a substance capable of injuring or killing a living thing
  • the witch gave Snow White a poison apple

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poison

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of poison (Entry 2 of 3)

a substance that by chemical action can kill or injure a living thing
  • the only way to get rid of rats is to leave out poison

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poison

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of poison (Entry 3 of 3)

1 to affect slightly with something morally bad or undesirable
  • poisoning the minds of impressionable children with ethnic hatred

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2 to make unfit for use by the addition of something harmful or undesirable
  • exhaust fumes poisoning the air

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3 to lower in character, dignity, or quality
  • this party partisanship poisons the national debate we should be having about this urgent problem

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4 to cause to have often negative opinions formed without sufficient knowledge
  • malicious rumors had poisoned many church members against the new pastor

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

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“Poison.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/poison. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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