1) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe a person or their behaviour as venomous, you mean that they show great bitterness and anger towards someone.

...his terrifying and venomous Aunt Bridget...

He heaped abuse on Waite and made venomous personal attacks...

He was surprised by the venomous tone of the anonymous calls.

Derived words:
venomously ADV-GRADED ADV with v

`You betrayed me first!' she answered venomously.

2) ADJ A venomous snake, spider, or other creature uses poison to attack other creatures.

The adder is Britain's only venomous snake.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • venomous — venomously, adv. venomousness, venomness, n. /ven euh meuhs/, adj. 1. (of an animal) having a gland or glands for secreting venom; able to inflict a poisoned bite, sting, or wound: a venomous snake. 2. full of or containing venom; poisonous: a… …   Universalium

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