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venomous

[ven-uh-muh s] /ˈvɛn ə məs/
adjective
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
1250-1300; Middle English venim(o)us < Anglo-French venimus (Old French venimeux). See venom, -ous
Related forms
venomously, adverb
venomousness, venomness, noun
nonvenomous, adjective
nonvenomously, adverb
nonvenomousness, noun
unvenomous, adjective
unvenomously, adverb
unvenomousness, noun
Synonyms
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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