Definition of envenom in English:

envenom

verb

[WITH OBJECT]literary
  • 1Put poison on or into; make poisonous.

    ‘the blades were envenomed with a fatal poison for which there is no antidote’
    • ‘I choked and coughed repeatedly as my body tried to rid itself of the smoke that still envenomed its lungs.’
    • ‘Laertes wounds Hamlet, but in a scuffle they exchange rapiers and he too is wounded with the envenomed point.’
    • ‘Poisons normally don't act quite so hammily, and, where so large an area had to be envenomed, it might have revealed a smudge, foiling the lethal intent.’
    • ‘He must've envenomed them or something like that, since I saw some green liquid besides blood on his shirt.’
    • ‘Bites are painless, though envenomed people rapidly experience paraesthesia (numbness of the extremities), tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing, weakness and paralysis.’
    poison, add poison to, spike, lace, contaminate
    embitter, make bitter, sour, poison, make rancorous, jaundice, colour, taint
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    1. 1.1 Infuse with hostility or bitterness.
      ‘tribal rivalries envenom the bitter civil war’

Origin

Middle English (formerly also as invenom): from Old French envenimer, from en- ‘in’ + venim ‘venom’.

Pronunciation

envenom

/ɪnˈvɛnəm//ɛnˈvɛnəm/