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[en-ven-uh m]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to impregnate with venom; make poisonous.
  2. to embitter.
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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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Related Words

harm, embitter, acerbate, alienate, infect, injure, taint, impair, antagonize, rankle, contaminate, anger, empoison

Examples from the Web for envenom

Historical Examples

  • It requires but a few drops of poison to envenom a whole well.

    The International Monthly, Volume 2, No. 4, March, 1851


  • These notaries are strange fellows; they envenom everything.

    The Marriage Contract

    Honore de Balzac

  • It is for us, then, to nurse the antagonism already existent between the two, to envenom their mutual mistrust and reproaches.

  • If we continue in this strain, caballero, we shall only envenom our discussion, without coming to an understanding.

    The Bee Hunters

    Gustave Aimard

  • I feel moved to say bitter things—to shoot darts in defiance at every glance—to envenom every sentence which I speak.


    W. Gilmore Simms

British Dictionary definitions for envenom


verb (tr)
  1. to fill or impregnate with venom; make poisonous
  2. 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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