poison Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun any substance that causes injury or illness or death of a living organism
toxicant; poisonous substance.
noun anything that harms or destroys
- the poison of fascism
verb spoil as if by poison
- poison someone's mind
- poison the atmosphere in the office
verb kill with poison
- She poisoned her husband
verb add poison to
- Her husband poisoned her drink in order to kill her
verb kill by its poison
- This mushrooms can poison
verb administer poison to
- She poisoned her husband but he did not die
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 poison; the poisonof pestilential diseases.
That which taints or destroys moral purity or health; as, the poisonof evil example; the poisonof sin. Syn. -- Venom; virus; bane; pest; malignity. -- Poison, 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.
Poi"son transitive verb
To put poison upon or into; to infect with poison;"The ingredients of our poisoned chalice." Shak. as, to poisonan arrow; to poisonfood or drink.
To injure or kill by poison; to administer poison to.
If you poison us, do we not die ? Shak.
To taint; to corrupt; to vitiate; as, vice poisonshappiness; slander poisonedhis mind.
Whispering tongues can poison truth. Coleridge.
Poi"son intransitive verb
To act as, or convey, a poison.
Tooth that poisons if it bite. Shak.