Definition of venomous in English:



  • 1(of animals, especially snakes, or their parts) secreting venom; capable of injecting venom by means of a bite or sting.

    • ‘Only about 50% of bites by exotic venomous snakes inject sufficient venom to cause clinical envenoming.’
    • ‘It's actually a little surprising that there aren't more venomous mammals running around.’
    • ‘Many marine creatures are venomous, and beachgoers experience envenomation regularly.’
    • ‘In the depths of Australian waters another venomous creature lurks - the sea snake.’
    • ‘Each year, about 8,000 Americans are bitten by venomous snakes; only about a dozen die.’
    • ‘He was trapped, a small mice faced with a hungry cat on one side and a venomous snake on another.’
    • ‘Many venomous snakes in Iran are being collected for the production of antivenin.’
    • ‘Snakes and venomous spiders mutilated his body - his body was covered with ulcers and pus.’
    • ‘When we visited this centre I pointed out the possibility of dry bites by venomous snakes.’
    • ‘The first toxins were simply saliva toxins, and we've actually worked out what was in the venom of the very first venomous snake.’
    • ‘Stings from these highly venomous creatures are extremely painful but rarely fatal.’
    • ‘The new additions double the number of known venomous vertebrates to more than 2,000 species.’
    • ‘No one has died from a spider bite in Australia since 1979, though 2,000 are bitten by venomous arachnids each year.’
    • ‘Amazingly, more deaths in Tasmania are due to ant bite allergies than encounters with any other venomous creature.’
    • ‘King Cobras are the world's largest venomous snakes, growing to an average length of nearly 6m.’
    • ‘Indo-Pacific waters are notable for their abundance of venomous species.’
    • ‘Other causes of death included bullet wounds and venomous animal bites.’
    • ‘Presumably the title is designed to suggest the swift and deadly strike of the venomous snake.’
    • ‘Anytime you receive a bite from a venomous snake, it's a very dangerous encounter.’
    • ‘Zookeepers in Cincinnati, Ohio helped police search the home of a woman who died after being bitten by a venomous pet snake.’
    poisonous, toxic, noxious, dangerous, harmful
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    1. 1.1(of a person or their behavior) full of malice or spite.
      ‘she replied with a venomous glance’
      • ‘Beyond their venomous tendencies lie complex behavioural patterns and intricate lifestyles.’
      • ‘Men also include their own fears, anxieties and fantasies, which in their case translate into the figure of the venomous woman.’
      • ‘More than once she had caught Max shooting venomous glances to her boyfriend.’
      • ‘Even with this, its light was as perilous as ever, ravaging the earth with its venomous rays.’
      • ‘Back at the hospital, Dyan's venomous account of what it meant to be Dare Ransom had torn the blinds from his eyes.’
      • ‘To those who left the new church he had established he was persistently venomous.’
      • ‘When it finally did hit theaters in 2003 the critics weren't just harsh; they were venomous.’
      • ‘I tried to ignore him as I glanced around the various classrooms for Abby, but his venomous voice made its way into my ears.’
      • ‘Violet cried, casting a venomous glance towards the hallway as Briar and Althia exchanged a glance.’
      • ‘Since the days of President Zia these are full of venomous references to Hindus and Indians.’
      • ‘However, some of the opposition to the bill outside the parliamentary process has been venomous and nasty.’
      • ‘Even middle class is these days often used as a venomous synonym for smug, unadventurous or selfish.’
      • ‘The guard's hard, dangerous eyes, pierced Griffith with venomous hostility from over Shanza's shoulder.’
      • ‘Casting one last almost venomous glance back over her shoulder at him, she headed back toward her dorm room.’
      • ‘Would you be able to release yourself from this person's venomous grip?’
      • ‘I slowly sat up and faced my venomous brother and Will who seemed very unhappy.’
      • ‘Her voice was bitter and venomous, which shocked Chunia even more.’
      • ‘As ever, it's our pastimes' deepest virtues that incite the most venomous evangelical slander.’
      • ‘Evelyn shot a venomous glance up at Will as she began to climb back down the ladder.’
      • ‘As the iron-jawed dowager, Diana Rigg has a venomous tongue and a bitter, unyielding nature.’
      vicious, spiteful
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Middle English: from Old French venimeux, from venim (see venom).