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empoison

[em-poi-zuh n]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to corrupt: to empoison the minds of the young.
  2. to embitter: His own failure has empoisoned him.
  3. Archaic. to poison.
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Origin of empoison

1275–1325; Middle English empoysonen < Old French empoisoner. See em-1, poison
Related formsem·poi·son·ment, nounun·em·poi·soned, adjective
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Related Words

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Historical Examples

  • And at the siege of Grave the chivalry of Brabant made a similar use of carrion to empoison the garrison into a surrender.

    Military Manners and Customs

    James Anson Farrer

  • One doth not know / How much an ill word may empoison liking.


British Dictionary definitions for empoison

empoison

verb (tr)
  1. rare to embitter or corrupt
  2. an archaic word for poison (def. 6), poison (def. 7), poison (def. 8), poison (def. 9)
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Derived Formsempoisonment, noun
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