from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Secreting and transmitting venom.
  • adjective Full of or containing venom.
  • adjective Malicious; spiteful.
  • adjective Harmful or destructive.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Full of venom; noxious to animal life; poisonous.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) Having a poison gland or glands for the secretion of venom, as certain serpents and insects.
  • adjective Noxious; mischievous; malignant; spiteful.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) any serpent which has poison glands and fangs, whether dangerous to man or not. These serpents constitute two tribes, the viperine serpents, or Solenoglypha, and the cobralike serpents, or Proteroglypha. The former have perforated, erectile fangs situated in the front part of the upper jaw, and are without ordinary teeth behind the fangs; the latter have permanently erect and grooved fangs, with ordinary maxillary teeth behind them.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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