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Venenate

Definition: to poison.

Pronunciation: VEN-uh-nayt

Origin

This great word stems from the Latin venenatus which is the past participle of venenare, meaning to poison. The noun venom stems from the same origin.

Why this word?

I don’t know if it has or doesn’t have to do with Alice Cooper’s “Poison”, but this word just seems outdated to me… Venenate is a wonderful and interesting replacement for it.

How to use venenate?

Venenate is a verb, synonymous of to poison; try not to actually venenate others; remember that not only people are poisoned, but so are thoughts and beliefs…

“Jane was such a positive person before she met John who completely venenated her way of thinking”.

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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for UnusedWords.com. Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.

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