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venomous

[ven-uh-muh s]
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  1. (of an animal) having a gland or glands for secreting venom; able to inflict a poisoned bite, sting, or wound: a venomous snake.
  2. full of or containing venom; poisonous: a venomous wound; a venomous potion.
  3. spiteful; malignant: a venomous attack; a venomous tongue.

Origin of venomous

1250–1300; Middle English venim(o)us < Anglo-French venimus (Old French venimeux). See venom, -ous
Related formsven·om·ous·ly, adverbven·om·ous·ness, ven·om·ness, nounnon·ven·om·ous, adjectivenon·ven·om·ous·ly, adverbnon·ven·om·ous·ness, nounun·ven·om·ous, adjectiveun·ven·om·ous·ly, adverbun·ven·om·ous·ness, noun

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3. malicious, hostile, rancorous, ill-disposed.
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adj.

late 13c., from Anglo-French venimeus, Old French venimeux, from venim (see venom). Earliest recorded use is figurative; literal sense by early 14c. Related: Venomously; venomousness.

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