from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A poisonous secretion of an animal, such as a snake, spider, or scorpion, usually transmitted by a bite or sting.
  • n. A poison.
  • n. 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. DuBois).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A poison wielded by an animal, usually injected into an enemy or prey by biting or stinging; atter.
  • n. Feeling or speech marked by spite or malice.
  • v. To infect with venom; to envenom; to poison.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Matter fatal or injurious to life; poison; particularly, the poisonous matter which certain animals, such as serpents, scorpions, bees, etc., secrete in a state of health, and communicate by biting or stinging.
  • n. Spite; malice; malignity; evil quality.
  • transitive v. To infect with venom; to envenom; to poison.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Poison in general: now an archaic use.
  • n. The poisonous fluid secreted by some animals in a state of health, as a means of offense and defense, and introduced into the bodies of their victims by biting, as in the case of many serpents, or stinging, as in the ease of scorpions, etc.
  • n. Something that blights, cankers, or embitters; injurious influence; hence, spite; malice; malignity; virulency.
  • n. Coloring material; dye.
  • Envenomed; venomous; poisonous.
  • To envenom; infect with poison.
  • To become as if infected with venom.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. toxin secreted by animals; secreted by certain snakes and poisonous insects (e.g., spiders and scorpions)
  • n. feeling a need to see others suffer


Middle English venim, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *venīmen, from Latin venēnum, poison.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman, from Old French venim, from Vulgar Latin *venimem, from Latin venenum. (Wiktionary)



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    (Official biography on the NBC American Gladiators website)

    September 6, 2008