En*ven"om (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Envenomed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Envenoming.] [OE. envenimen, F. envenimer; pref. en- (L. in) + F. venin poison. See Venom.]

1.

To taint or impregnate with venom, or any substance noxious to life; to poison; to render dangerous or deadly by poison, as food, drink, a weapon; as, envenomed meat, wine, or arrow; also, to poison (a person) by impregnating with venom.

Alcides . . . felt the envenomed robe. Milton.

O, what a world is this, when what is comely Envenoms him that bears it! Shak.

2.

To taint or impregnate with bitterness, malice, or hatred; to imbue as with venom; to imbitter.

The envenomed tongue of calumny. Smollett.

On the question of slavery opinion has of late years been peculiarly envenomed. Sir G. C. Lewis.

 

© Webster 1913.

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