venefic

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin venēficus, from venēnum (poison).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

venefic (comparative more venefic, superlative most venefic)

  1. (archaic) poisonous; pertaining to poison or poisoning
    • 1857: Our attorney and Elder Noyse and many others talk of venefic and malignant particles, which shoot from the eyes of witches and enter the bodies of the afflicted. — Putnam's Monthly (Putnam's 1857, p. 411)