- the poisonous fluid that some animals, as certain snakes and spiders, secrete and introduce into the bodies of their victims by biting, stinging, etc.
- something resembling or suggesting poison in its effect; spite; malice: the venom of jealousy.
- Archaic. poison in general.
- Archaic. to make venomous; envenom.
Origin of venom
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Examples from the Web for venom
It talks about her agoraphobia and her diabetes, as well as her recent court testimony, all without judgment or venom.Paula Deen, Comic Book Hero?
September 19, 2013
"Most of the venom that is spewed at us comes from our own people, which I think says a lot," says Paddy.Riding Along With a Towson University Student’s ‘White Patrol’
April 24, 2013
But just wait until Rush Limbaugh bloviates his venom on Thursday.Robert Shrum: Obama Had Everything On the Line and Delivered, While Romney Sputtered
October 17, 2012
Time and time again we watch them freely addressing public rallies, spewing hate and venom without any action being taken.After Malala Yousafzai Shooting, Can Shock Therapy Free Pakistan?
October 12, 2012
Some bugs, like ants or yellow jackets, do carry small amounts of venom and should be avoided.Forget the Starbucks Backlash—We Should Be Eating More Bugs
April 24, 2012
Yet his heart still seemed to fester with the venom of the dagger.Fancy's Show-Box (From "Twice Told Tales")
Cursed be the serpent that bit you and had not sufficient power in its venom to kill!Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
In the gloom I could not see his venom gathering, but I could almost smell it.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
His venom against the white race was only the further increased.The Law-Breakers
Even in society, the venom of party was suffered to intrude.Beaux and Belles of England
- a poisonous fluid secreted by such animals as certain snakes and scorpions and usually transmitted by a bite or sting
- malice; spite
Word Origin and History for venom
early 13c., from Anglo-French and Old French venim, from Vulgar Latin *venimen (cf. Italian veleno, Spanish veneno), from Latin venenum "poison," earlier (pre-classical) "drug, potion," probably originally "love potion," from PIE *wenes-no-, and thus connected to venus "erotic love" (see Venus), Sanskrit van- "wish, desire, gain." The meaning "bitter, virulent feeling or language" is first recorded c.1300.
- A poisonous secretion of an animal, such as a snake, spider, or scorpion, usually transmitted by a bite or sting.
- A poison.
- Any of various poisonous substances secreted by certain snakes, spiders, scorpions, and insects and transmitted to a victim by a bite or sting. Venoms are highly concentrated fluids that typically consist of dozens or hundreds of powerful enzymes, peptides, and smaller organic compounds. These compounds target and disable specific chemicals in the victim, damaging cellular and organ system function. Snake venoms, for example, contain substances that block platelet aggregation (causing bleeding) and that prevent the release of acetylcholine by nerve endings (causing muscle paralysis). Many substances contained in venoms are under investigation for use as pharmaceuticals.