Definitions

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  • adj. poisonous; pertaining to poison or poisoning

Etymologies

Latin venēficus, from venēnum ("poison"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Illuminati may have learnt something of "venefic magic" and the use of certain natural substances from Jewish Cabalists; at the same time Jews appear to have been only in rare cases admitted to the Order.

    Secret Societies And Subversive Movements

  • The art of poisoning was therefore known to the Rosicrucians, and, although there is no reason to suppose it was ever practised by the heads of the Fraternity, it is possible that the inspirers of the poisoners may have been perverted Rosicrucians, that is to say, students of those portions of the Cabala relating to magic both of the necromantic and venefic varieties, who turned the scientific knowledge which the Fraternity of the Rosy Cross used for healing to a precisely opposite and deadly purpose.

    Secret Societies And Subversive Movements

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