venomous

An animal that is venomous produces poison. Also, people act in a venomous way when they are cruel, evil, or deliberately harmful.

Both senses of venomous have to do with poison. The first meaning is literal: if a venomous snake bites you, you could die. Venomous animals are extremely dangerous, and their bite requires immediate medical attention. For people, being venomous is a little different. Spreading lies is venomous. Stealing someone's significant other is venomous. Anytime someone is being destructive on purpose, it's venomous. For people, venomous means something close to villainous — being venomous is like spreading metaphorical poison.

Primary Meanings of venomous

1.
adj
extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom
2.
adj
marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful
Full Definitions of venomous
1

adj extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom

venomous snakes”
Synonyms:
deadly, virulent
toxic
of or relating to or caused by a toxin or poison
2

adj marked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful

venomous criticism”
Synonyms:
poisonous, vicious
malicious
having the nature of or resulting from malice

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