Definition of venom in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvɛnəm/


[mass noun]
1A poisonous substance secreted by animals such as snakes, spiders, and scorpions and typically injected into prey or aggressors by biting or stinging: [count noun]: snake venoms have different effects
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  • Amazingly, one of the toxins resembles an enzyme found in potent snake venoms.
  • In addition, they differ in their binding ability to proteinases in crude snake venoms.
  • Cobra attacks its prey by spitting poisonous venom called neurotoxin.
archaic bane
rare toxicant
1.1Extreme malice and bitterness shown in someone’s attitudes, speech, or actions: his voice was full of venom
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  • Once again Grace spoke quietly, with absolutely no venom or malice, or any emotion at all.
  • That's why our country is in the mess it is in right now, even our so-called religious leaders are full of venom.
  • But the debates were good ones and, on the whole, discussions were held without rancour or venom.



Example sentences
  • Who is the venomed, swag-bellied skainsmate of a lawyer who heads up the Bahamas Bar Association?


Middle English: from Old French venim, variant of venin, from an alteration of Latin venenum 'poison'.

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