Venomousness

venomous

[ven-uh-muhs]
adjective
1.
(of an animal) having a gland or glands for secreting venom; able to inflict a poisoned bite, sting, or wound: a venomous snake.
2.
full of or containing venom; poisonous: a venomous wound; a venomous potion.
3.
spiteful; malignant: a venomous attack; a venomous tongue.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English venim(o)us < Anglo-French venimus (Old French venimeux). See venom, -ous

venomously, adverb
venomousness, venomness, noun
nonvenomous, adjective
nonvenomously, adverb
nonvenomousness, noun
unvenomous, adjective
unvenomously, adverb
unvenomousness, noun


3. malicious, hostile, rancorous, ill-disposed.
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venom (ˈvɛnəm)
 
n
1.  a poisonous fluid secreted by such animals as certain snakes and scorpions and usually transmitted by a bite or sting
2.  malice; spite
 
[C13: from Old French venim, from Latin venēnum poison, love potion; related to venus sexual love]
 
'venomless
 
adj
 
'venomous
 
adj
 
'venomously
 
adv
 
'venomousness
 
n

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