One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Put poison on or into; make poisonous.‘the blades were envenomed with a fatal poison for which there is no antidote’
poison, add poison to, spike, lace, contaminateembitter, make bitter, sour, poison, make rancorous, jaundice, colour, taintView synonyms
- ‘Bites are painless, though envenomed people rapidly experience paraesthesia (numbness of the extremities), tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing, weakness and paralysis.’
- ‘He must've envenomed them or something like that, since I saw some green liquid besides blood on his shirt.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 Infuse with hostility or bitterness.‘tribal rivalries envenom the bitter civil war’
Middle English (formerly also as invenom): from Old French envenimer, from en- ‘in’ + venim ‘venom’.
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