Definition of venomous in English:

venomous

Line breaks: ven¦om|ous
Pronunciation: /ˈvɛnəməs
 
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adjective

1(Of an animal, especially a snake) secreting venom; capable of injecting venom by means of a bite or sting: a leading expert on venomous snakes the box jelly is earth 's most venomous creature
More example sentences
  • Only about 50% of bites by exotic venomous snakes inject sufficient venom to cause clinical envenoming.
  • Zookeepers in Cincinnati, Ohio helped police search the home of a woman who died after being bitten by a venomous pet snake.
  • Anytime you receive a bite from a venomous snake, it's a very dangerous encounter.
Synonyms
1.1(Of a person or their behaviour) full of malice or spite: she replied with a venomous glance
More example sentences
  • To those who left the new church he had established he was persistently venomous.
  • When it finally did hit theaters in 2003 the critics weren't just harsh; they were venomous.
  • I slowly sat up and faced my venomous brother and Will who seemed very unhappy.
Synonyms
vicious, spiteful; rancorous, malevolent, vitriolic, vindictive, malicious, malignant, malign, poisonous, baleful, bitter, acrimonious, resentful, grudging, virulent, pernicious, antagonistic, hostile, hate-filled, menacing, nasty, evil, evil-intentioned, unfriendly, cruel, unkind, unpleasant; acerbic, sharp, acid, tart, caustic, astringent, cutting, biting, razor-edged, waspish, wounding, barbed
informal bitchy, catty
literary malefic, maleficent

Origin

Middle English: from Old French venimeux, from venim (see venom).

Derivatives

venomously

adverb
More example sentences
  • ‘Our Church doesn't support war,’ she venomously retorted.
  • Brecht's words, juxtaposed against Weill's music, with its atonal harmonies and angular lines, venomously satirized the state of affairs.
  • He tackles, often venomously; he passes, with accuracy; and he scores goals, crucially.

venomousness

noun
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  • There's a palpable venomousness in the exchanges across and around the floor of the Chamber.
  • What makes Fight For Your Life so stark is the venomousness of the racial hatred that it manages to touch upon.
  • How can I possibly convey the terrible venomousness with which he uttered these words?

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