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[ven-uh-muh s] /ˈvɛn ə məs/
(of an animal) having a gland or glands for secreting venom; able to inflict a poisoned bite, sting, or wound:
a venomous snake.
full of or containing venom; poisonous:
a venomous wound; a venomous potion.
spiteful; malignant:
a venomous attack; a venomous tongue.
Origin of venomous
1250-1300; Middle English venim(o)us < Anglo-French venimus (Old French venimeux). See venom, -ous
Related forms
venomously, adverb
venomousness, venomness, noun
nonvenomous, adjective
nonvenomously, adverb
nonvenomousness, noun
unvenomous, adjective
unvenomously, adverb
unvenomousness, noun
3. malicious, hostile, rancorous, ill-disposed. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • These snakes possess the venomous fangs; but no person experienced the degree of virulence in their poison.

    A Voyage to Terra Australis Matthew Flinders
  • Again and again the reader asks himself why Iago is so venomous.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • These are just as bitter, venomous, and implacable to-day as on the day when Gen. Grant's term of office expired.

  • Today, senor, through your own heedlessness you were bitten by a venomous snake.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • That venomous agent of Cauchon accused Jeanne of ironic replies ill suited to a woman.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
Word Origin and History for venomous

late 13c., from Anglo-French venimeus, Old French venimeux, from venim (see venom). Earliest recorded use is figurative; literal sense by early 14c. Related: Venomously; venomousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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