Webster 1913 Edition
Any agent which, when introduced into the animal organism, is capable of producing a morbid, noxious, or deadly effect upon it;
as, morphine is a deadly
poisonof pestilential diseases.
That which taints or destroys moral purity or health;
poisonof evil example; the
Syn. – Venom; virus; bane; pest; malignity.
Venom. Poison usually denotes something received into the system by the mouth, breath, etc. Venom is something discharged from animals and received by means of a wound, as by the bite or sting of serpents, scorpions, etc. Hence, venom specifically implies some malignity of nature or purpose.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
potionareto give to drink. See
To put poison upon or into; to infect with poison;“The ingredients of our poisoned chalice.”
poisonan arrow; to
poisonfood or drink.
To injure or kill by poison; to administer poison to.
poisonus, do we not die ?
To taint; to corrupt; to vitiate;
Whispering tongues can
To act as, or convey, a poison.
poisonsif it bite.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A substance which, when taken into the stomach,mixed with the blood or applied to the skin or flesh, proves fatal or deleterious by an action not mechanical; venom. The more active and virulent poisons destroy life in a short time; others are slow in their operation, others produce inflammation without proving fatal. In the application of poison, much depends on the quantity.
2.Any thing infectious, malignant, or noxious to health; as the poison of pestilential diseases.
3.That which taints or destroys moral purity or health; as the poison of evil example; the poison of sin.
poison (countable and uncountable, plural poisons)
- A substance that is harmful or lethal to a living organism.
- We used a poison to kill the weeds.
- Something that harms a person or thing.
- Gossip is a malicious poison.
- (informal) A drink; liquor.
- - What's your poison?
- - I'll have a glass of whisky.
Terms derived from poison
substance harmful to a living organism
something that harms
poison (third-person singular simple present poisons, present participle poisoning, simple past and past participle poisoned)
- (transitive) To use poison to kill or paralyse somebody
- The assassin poisoned the king.
- (transitive) To pollute; to cause some part of the environment to become poisonous
- That factory is poisoning the river.
- (transitive) To cause something to become much worse
- Suspicion will poison their relationship.
- He poisoned the mood in the room with his non-stop criticism.
- (transitive) To cause someone to hate or to have unfair negative opinions
- She's poisoned him against all his old friends.
- (to pollute): contaminate, pollute, taint
- (to cause to become worse): corrupt, taint
to use poison to kill or paralyse
- “poison” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
- poison in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- IPA(key): /pwa.zɔ̃/
From Old French, from Latin potio, potionis.
poison m (plural poisons)