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a. Secreting and transmitting venom: a venomous snake.
b. Full of or containing venom: a venomous substance.
a. Malicious; spiteful: a venomous remark.
b. Harmful or destructive: "all the venomous ingredients of corruption" (Garry Wills).

ven′om·ous·ly adv.
ven′om·ous·ness n.
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