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[en-ven-uh m] /ɛnˈvɛn əm/
verb (used with object)
to impregnate with venom; make poisonous.
to embitter.
Origin of envenom
1250-1300; Middle English envenimen < Old French envenimer. See en-1, venom
Related forms
unenvenomed, adjective Unabridged
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  • It is for us, then, to nurse the antagonism already existent between the two, to envenom their mutual mistrust and reproaches.

  • It requires but a few drops of poison to envenom a whole well.

  • Let me throw a deepening cloud over the brilliancy of his hopes, and envenom all the springs of his affections and happiness!

    Gomez Arias Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
  • These notaries are strange fellows; they envenom everything.

    The Marriage Contract Honore de Balzac
  • I feel moved to say bitter things—to shoot darts in defiance at every glance—to envenom every sentence which I speak.

    Confession W. Gilmore Simms
  • If we continue in this strain, caballero, we shall only envenom our discussion, without coming to an understanding.

    The Bee Hunters Gustave Aimard
  • In a heart already alienated from the established authorities, this could only envenom a bitter spirit.

  • All power being given to the awful enemy, he is beautiful where he pleases, in order to point and envenom his ghostly ugliness.

  • Passions it is, human passions, intermingling with the wrong itself that envenom the sense of wrong.

  • They also understand and sometimes employ poisons, not to envenom their weapons, but for secretly taking off an enemy.

    At Home with the Patagonians George Chaworth Musters
British Dictionary definitions for envenom


verb (transitive)
to fill or impregnate with venom; make poisonous
to fill with bitterness or malice
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for envenom

c.1300, envenymen, from Old French envenimer (12c.) "to poison, taint;" from en- (see en- (1)) + venim (see venom). Figurative use is from late 14c. Related: Envenomed; envenoming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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