American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or caused by a toxin or other poison: a toxic condition; toxic hepatitis.
- adj. Capable of causing injury or death, especially by chemical means; poisonous: food preservatives that are toxic in concentrated amounts; a dump for toxic industrial wastes. See Synonyms at poisonous.
- n. A toxic chemical or other substance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or relating to a toxin.
- Of or pertaining to toxicants; poisonous.
- Toxicological: as, toxic symptoms.
- adj. toxicology Having a chemical nature that is harmful to health or lethal if consumed or otherwise entering into the body in sufficient quantities.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to poison; poisonous.
- adj. of or relating to or caused by a toxin or poison
- French toxique, from Late Latin toxicus ("poisoned"), from Latin toxicum ("poison"), from Ancient Greek τοξικόν (toxikon), φάρμακον (pharmakon, "poison for use on arrows"), from τοξικός (toxikos, "pertaining to arrows or archery"), from τόξον (toxon, "bow"). (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin toxicus, from Latin toxicum, poison, from Greek toxikon, poison for arrows, poison, from neuter of toxikos, of a bow, from toxon, bow, from Old Persian *taxša-, an arrow. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Lord Patten, the BBC Trust chairman, has signalled that the corporation would address what he called a "toxic" public relations problem by cutting the pay of some of its most senior executives.”
“It's going to subsidize private investors, who hopefully -- they were hoping will come in and buy some of this what they call toxic waste.”
“Just because a planet has what you call a toxic atmosphere of carbon dioxide and a surface temperature of 1,700 doesn\'t mean it doesn\'t have some kind of life thriving there.”
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“AMBASSADOR ANDREW YOUNG: No, John was concerned about what he calls toxic speech.”
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“Then our bodies tell us to keep eating more and more food, which I call toxic hunger--basically, a food addiction.”
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