Definition of venomous in English:

venomous

Syllabification: ven·om·ous
Pronunciation: /ˈvenəməs
 
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adjective

1(Of animals, especially snakes, or their parts) secreting venom; capable of injecting venom by means of a bite or sting.
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 behavior) 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

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
More example sentences
  • 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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