We’re pretty sure you wouldn’t drink a mysterious substance labeled “poisonous snake venom,” even if you didn’t know the meaning of venom. However, just to be clear, venom means "poison." Stay away from it.

Venom is poisonous fluid produced by animals such as snakes, spiders, and certain people. Okay — we take that last one back, sort of. Scientifically speaking, people don’t produce venom, but they can certainly do so in a metaphorical sense. That’s why venom can also be used to mean “malice” or “hatred.” If you encounter someone who seems full of venom, remember that kindness can be a good antidote. (So can a really insulting remark.)

Definitions of venom
  1. noun
    toxin secreted by animals; secreted by certain snakes and poisonous insects (e.g., spiders and scorpions)
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    kokoi venom
    a potent neurotoxin found in a particular frog
    snake venom
    venom secreted by certain snakes
    type of:
    animal toxin, zootoxin
    a toxin resembling bacterial toxins in its antigenic properties that is found in the fluids of certain animals
  2. noun
    feeling a need to see others suffer
    synonyms: malice, maliciousness, spite, spitefulness
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    type of:
    malevolence, malignity
    wishing evil to others
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