Matter fatal or injurious to life; poison; particularly, the poisonous, the poisonous matter which certain animals, such as serpents, scorpions, bees, etc., secrete in a state of health, and communicate by thing or stinging.
- A poisonous secretion of an animal, such as a snake, spider, or scorpion, usually transmitted by a bite or sting.
- A poison.
- Malice; spite: "They dislike making their just criticism of a useful and earnest man an excuse for a general discharge of venom from small-minded opponents” ( W.E.B. DuBois).