[en-ven-uh m]

verb (used with object)

to impregnate with venom; make poisonous.
to embitter.

Origin of envenom

1250–1300; Middle English envenimen < Old French envenimer. See en-1, venom
Related formsun·en·ven·omed, adjective
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verb (tr)

to fill or impregnate with venom; make poisonous
to fill with bitterness or malice
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Word Origin and History for envenom

c.1300, envenymen, from Old French envenimer (12c.) "to poison, taint;" from en- (see en- (1)) + venim (see venom). Figurative use is from late 14c. Related: Envenomed; envenoming.

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