- the poison secreted by some snakes, spiders, insects, etc., introduced into the body of the victim by bite or sting
- Rare poison of any kind
- malignancy; spite; malice
Origin of venomMiddle English from Old French venim, variant, variety of venin from Classical Latin venenum, a poison, Indo-European an unverified form wenes-nom, love potion from an unverified form wenos: see Venus
- A poisonous secretion of an animal, such as a snake, spider, or scorpion, usually transmitted to prey or to attackers by a bite or sting.
- Malice; spite: “They dislike making their just criticism of a useful and earnest man an excuse for a general discharge of venom from small-minded opponents” ( W.E.B. Du Bois )
Origin of venomMiddle English venim from Old French from Vulgar Latin venīmen from Latin venēnum poison ; see wen-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present venoms, present participle venoming, simple past and past participle venomed)