What do arsenic, cyanide, and bleach all have in common? They're poisonous. In other words, if you ingest these poisonous chemicals, you will most likely die or become very ill.

If something is poisonous, you'd better not eat, drink, inhale, or touch it: it will make you sick. Some poisonous materials can even kill you. Of course, this adjective is derived from the noun poison, which is a toxic substance. You can also calls things poisonous if they're harmful in less physical ways. Spreading lies about someone is poisonous. Betraying a friend is poisonous. What both kinds of poisonous things have in common is that they do damage.

Definitions of poisonous

adj having the qualities or effects of a poison

of or relating to or caused by a toxin or poison

adj not safe to eat

inedible, uneatable
not suitable for food

adj marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful

poisonous hate”
venomous, vicious
having the nature of or resulting from malice

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