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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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The metaphorically toxic atmosphere through which Hawthorne recodes Calderon's initial fascination with racialized venomousness into a story about threats to the boundaries of the human (white, European) body offers a means of perceiving the material, embodied effects of racial formation: Beatrice's toxicity as a result of racial violence, both physical and ideological.
She won the race, and the campaign won national attention because of the venomousness of the ads the competitors exchanged.
He notes that 'Of knowledge in general, and without qualification, it is said by the Apostle that "it puffeth up"; and the father of all modern science, writing directly in its praise, yet asserts this danger even in more absolute terms, calling it a "venomousness" in the very nature of knowledge itself.' (2) Though this is a startling moment, given Ruskin's constant commitment to learning, it is also a characteristic one.