verb (used with object)

  1. to impregnate with venom; make poisonous.
  2. to embitter.

verb (tr)

  1. to fill or impregnate with venom; make poisonous
  2. to fill with bitterness or malice

c.1300, envenymen, from Old French envenimer (12c.) “to poison, taint;” from en- (see en- (1)) + venim (see venom). Figurative use is from late 14c. Related: Envenomed; envenoming.

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