• WordNet 3.6
    • adj venomous marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful "poisonous hate","venomous criticism","vicious gossip"
    • adj venomous extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom "venomous snakes","a virulent insect bite"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Snake venom is ninety percent protein
    • Venomous Full of venom; noxious to animal life; poisonous; as, the bite of a serpent may be venomous .
    • Venomous (Zoöl) Having a poison gland or glands for the secretion of venom, as certain serpents and insects.
    • Venomous Noxious; mischievous; malignant; spiteful; as, a venomous progeny; a venomous writer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are some species of snails that are venomous. Their venom can be fatal to humans
    • venomous Pull of venom; noxious or hurtful by means or reason of venom; venenose; poisonous: as, a venomous reptile or insect; a venomous bite.
    • venomous Hence, noxious; virulent; extremely hurtful or injurious; poisonous in any way.
    • venomous Very spiteful or hateful; virulent; malignant; intended or intending to do harm: as, venomous eyes or looks; a venomous attack; venomous enemies.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The venom of a female black widow spider is more potent than that of a rattlesnake.
    • Venomous poisonous: spiteful: mischievous
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. venemous, venimous, F. venimeux, L. venenosus, fr. venenum, poison. See Venom, and cf. Venenose
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. venin (It. veneno)—L. venenum.


In literature:

He had been at Sairmeuse only two days, and yet he unhesitatingly accepted the venomous reports which Chupin poured into his ears.
"The Honor of the Name" by Emile Gaboriau
Mr. Cowes' tone is the quietly venomous; in a few minutes you believe in his indignation far more than in that of Mr. Cullen.
"Demos" by George Gissing
There are the spiteful women whose very breath is acidity and venom.
"A Romance of Two Worlds" by Marie Corelli
Themison, as Mrs. Burman's medical man, might tell the lady tales that would irritate her bag of venom.
"One of Our Conquerors, Complete" by George Meredith
The feelings leapt alive, equally venomous from the wound and the caress.
"Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete" by George Meredith
The Slovenes and the Croats and, yes, the Hungarians claim not to belong in this cauldron of seething, venomous emotions.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
But all the venom of suspicion was wholly engaged with Frank Vaniman, the son of an embezzler.
"When Egypt Went Broke" by Holman Day
To all these bitter insults, venomed with the sting of truth, Atene listened without a word.
"Ayesha" by H. Rider Haggard
You bungling louts ought to protect me against the foul brood that peoples this city, and their venomous jests.
"A Thorny Path [Per Aspera], Complete" by Georg Ebers
He stood glaring at the boy with the venom of a mad serpent in his black eyes.
"Dyke Darrel the Railroad Detective" by Frank Pinkerton

In poetry:

Mightier than the sword thou art,
Thou can'st pierce like venomed dart,
Time and space count naught with thee,
Leagues of land or leagues of sea.
"The Pen" by Mary Weston Fordham
Though bitter the word of these first twain
Curses the third spat venomously;
'He'll stay untouched till the war's last dawning
Then live one hour of agony.'
"Ballad Of The Three Spectres" by Ivor Gurney
And oh, remember the indignant press;
Honey is bitter to its fond caress,
But the black venom that its hate lets fall
Would shame to sweetness the hyena's gall!
"Astraea: The Balance Of Illusions" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
A snake, that twined in playful zeal,
But yester morn, around his ankle,
Now driven along the dust to steal,
Steals up, and leaves its venom'd rankle
Deep in his heel.
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Take pearls from toads, with venom fill'd —
Take gold from hands, that are not clean —
Take wine from casks, with dust defil'd —
Take knowledge e'en from lips obscene.
"Advice To Hear, And To Read, The Word Of God" by Rees Prichard
Care will not wash one bright blush from their cheeks,
With tears of trust and hope misgiven,
Sin will no more upon their bosom shed
Its painful venom,They are gone to Heaven.
"The Twin Roses" by Caroline Fry

In news:

All octopuses are venomous .
Hennessey unveils 287 mph Venom GT2 supercar.
A rare venomous snake was discovered in the garage of a home in Raymond on Monday morning.
It was nice to see that so many online commenters feel as I do that Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor 's venom is out of line.
Hennessey Venom GT2 to bring 1,500 hp.
Snakes are not the only creatures that use venom.
And any sense of venomous back-and-forth dialogue simply has been nonexistent this week.
Ancient Greek dentists used the venom from the stingray 's spine as an anesthetic.
There may be no way for Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) to make its 1200-hp, twin-turbo V-8–powered HPE Venom GT supercar any crazier, but it can make it windier.
These venomous beauties are out for blood.
We're corrupted absolutely by Hennessey's mind-blowing 1200-bhp Venom GT.
Long known for audio interfaces, MIDI controllers, and studio monitors, Venom is the first bona fide hardware synthesizer in the M-Audio product line.
The Imperial Valley Venom .
Meet Venom , a 22-year-old Californian SuicideGirl who says her idea of a good time is to stay in and watch old movies on TV.
Venom lists her occupation as being a professional human being.