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From Middle English venemous, venymous, from Anglo-Norman venimus, from Old French venimeux, from venin. Cf. Latin venēnōsus. Equivalent to venom +‎ -ous.



venomous (comparative more venomous, superlative most venomous)

  1. Full of venom.
    The villain tricked him into drinking the venomous concoction.
  2. Toxic; poisonous.
  3. Noxious; evil.
  4. Malignant; spiteful; hateful.
    His attitude toward me is utterly venomous.
  5. Producing venom (a toxin usually injected into an enemy or prey by biting or stinging) in glands or accumulating venom from food.
    Do venomous spiders have glands?
  6. powerful
    • 2011 December 10, David Ornstein, “Arsenal 1 - 0 Everton”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Arsenal pressed forward again after half-time but other than a venomous Walcott shot that Howard repelled with a fine one-handed save, the hosts offered little cutting edge.

Usage notes[edit]

See poisonous#Usage notes.




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