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[ven-uh m] /ˈvɛn əm/
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.
verb (used with object)
Archaic. to make venomous; envenom.
Origin of venom
1175-1225; variant of Middle English venim < Anglo-French; Old French venim, venin < Vulgar Latin *venīmen, for Latin venēnum magical herb or potion, poison < *wenes-nom, equivalent to *wenes- desire (see venerate, Venus) + *-nom noun suffix
Related forms
venomless, adjective
outvenom, verb (used with object)
unvenomed, adjective
1. See poison. 2. malignity, acrimony, bitterness, acerbity, gall, spleen, hate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for venomed
Historical Examples
  • It inflicted a sharp pang, and it was venomed with spiteful contempt, that rankled in the wound after it was made.

    The New Mistress George Manville Fenn
  • The trees its swelling flood shall stay, And thrust its venomed lip away.

    Poems by the Way William Morris
  • To such a mind, ridicule is a venomed dart, piercing and poisoning, and pride but inflames the wound.

    Alone Marion Harland
  • Instead of the venomed tongue, he used the poisoned pen against them.

  • M. de Breulh listened with an outwardly impassible face, but the venomed tooth of jealousy was gnawing at his heart.

    Caught In The Net Emile Gaboriau
  • Despite all, she loved, she adored him yet, and to leave him gave the most venomed point to the shaft of affliction.

  • He goes into the wintry forest of life, where "one whose voice was venomed melody" entraps and poisons his youth.

    Shelley Sydney Waterlow
  • Hence frequent collisions, obstinate, venomed, and bloody contests.

  • Pratinas had made of every word a venomed arrow, and each and all struck home.

    A Friend of Caesar William Stearns Davis
  • To all these bitter insults, venomed with the sting of truth, Atene listened without a word.

    Ayesha H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for venomed


a poisonous fluid secreted by such animals as certain snakes and scorpions and usually transmitted by a bite or sting
malice; spite
Derived Forms
venomless, adjective
venomous, adjective
venomously, adverb
venomousness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French venim, from Latin venēnum poison, love potion; related to venus sexual love
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Word Origin and History for venomed



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.

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venomed in Medicine

venom ven·om (věn'əm)

  1. A poisonous secretion of an animal, such as a snake, spider, or scorpion, usually transmitted by a bite or sting.

  2. A poison.

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venomed in Science
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.
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