Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Introduction of a venom into animal tissue.
  • n. The poisoned condition produced by a venom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of poisoning.
  • n. Poison; venom.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of poisoning.
  • n. Poison or venom.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Latin venēnātus, past participle of venēnāre, to poison, from venēnum, venom; see venom.

Examples

  • Pope ordered the cardinal's body to be carried on a bier with the face exposed, that all the world might see its calm and the absence of such stains as were believed usually to accompany venenation.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia

  • In the popular imagination she lives chiefly as a terrific poisoner, an appalling artist in venenation.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia

  • The story that he had been poisoned was already spreading like a conflagration through Rome, arising out of the appearance of the body, which was such as was popularly associated with venenation.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia

  • It was not, however, until a week later -- on February 22 -- that he succumbed, when the cry of "Poison!" grew so loud and general that the Pope ordered the cardinal's body to be carried on a bier with the face exposed, that all the world might see its calm and the absence of such stains as were believed usually to accompany venenation.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia

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