[em-poi-zuh n]

verb (used with object)

to corrupt: to empoison the minds of the young.
to embitter: His own failure has empoisoned him.
Archaic. to poison.

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 for empoison

contaminate, envenom, harm, impair, infect, injure, taint

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verb (tr)

rare to embitter or corrupt
Derived Formsempoisonment, noun
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