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

  • adj. Secreting and transmitting venom: a venomous snake.
  • adj. Full of or containing venom.
  • adj. Malicious; spiteful: a venomous remark. See Synonyms at poisonous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Full of venom.
  • adj. Toxic; poisonous.
  • adj. Noxious; evil.
  • adj. Malignant; spiteful; hateful.
  • adj. Producing venom (poison usually injected into an enemy or prey by biting or stinging) in glands or accumulating venom from food.
  • adj. powerful

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of venom; noxious to animal life; poisonous.
  • adj. Having a poison gland or glands for the secretion of venom, as certain serpents and insects.
  • adj. Noxious; mischievous; malignant; spiteful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pull of venom; noxious or hurtful by means or reason of venom; venenose; poisonous: as, a venomous reptile or insect; a venomous bite.
  • Hence, noxious; virulent; extremely hurtful or injurious; poisonous in any way.
  • Very spiteful or hateful; virulent; malignant; intended or intending to do harm: as, venomous eyes or looks; a venomous attack; venomous enemies.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful
  • adj. extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom


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