[syn: poison, envenom]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Envenom \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
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: cause to be bitter or resentful; "These injustices
embittered her even more" [syn: embitter, envenom,
2: add poison to; "Her husband poisoned her drink in order to
kill her" [syn: poison, envenom]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
70 Moby Thesaurus words for "envenom":
abuse, acerbate, afflict, aggravate, aggrieve, alienate,
antagonize, befoul, bewitch, bitter, blight, condemn, corrupt,
crucify, curse, damage, defile, deprave, despoil, destroy,
disadvantage, disserve, distress, do a mischief, do evil, do ill,
do wrong, do wrong by, doom, embitter, empoison, estrange,
exacerbate, get into trouble, harass, harm, heat up, hex, hurt,
impair, infect, infuriate, injure, jinx, madden, maltreat, menace,
mistreat, molest, outrage, persecute, play havoc with,
play hob with, poison, pollute, prejudice, provoke, savage, scathe,
set against, set at odds, sour, taint, threaten, torment, torture,
violate, wound, wreak havoc on, wrong