Is there a verb that means, "to inject venom," or, "to inject poison?"


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Those are two separate things. The verb form of poison encompasses the latter. From Merriam-Webster:

1 a : to injure or kill with poison; b : to treat, taint, or impregnate with or as if with poison

Curiously, M-W defines envenom as:

1 : to make poisonous

The freedictionary.com defines envenom as:

  1. to fill or impregnate with venom; make poisonous
  • I'm confused by your use of "curiously". M-W and freedictionary are defining the word the same way (also how Oxford defines it). To envenom something is to make it poisonous (an envenomed object would poison someone if they ingested it or were stabbed by it, e.g.). "Envenomate", as Roger suggests, means to directly poison the person/animal in question using venom, often by biting or stinging.
    – MichaelS
    Feb 26, 2019 at 13:46
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    @MichaelS It is my understanding that not all venom is poisonous.
    – drewhart
    Feb 26, 2019 at 15:12
  • @MichaelS usually you ingest poison and are stabbed by venom - you say that "an envenomed object would poison someone if they ingested it or were stabbed by it" - at least in my experience, you could stab someone with an envenomed object, but you would only ingest something that is poisoned.
    – Stephen S
    Feb 26, 2019 at 17:44


(of a snake, spider, insect, etc.) poison by biting or stinging.

‘these observations suggest that the spiders envenomate their prey’

(Oxford Living Dictionaries)

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    I live in Australia with lots of venomous animals, this is the term most commonly used where I am.
    – MattG
    Feb 26, 2019 at 22:11

The fairly archaic word venenate might fit the bill:

venenation noun

ven·​e·​na·​tion | \ ˌven-ə-ˈnā-shən \

Medical Definition of venenation

: the condition or process of being poisoned especially by a venom of animal origin

Other Words from venenation

venenate \ ˈven-​ə-​ˌnāt \ verb venenated; venenating

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    The ngram chart for "antivenom" only recently passed up "antivenin." I was always taught antivenin, so venenate made perfect sense to me, but it's definitely on its way out!
    – Michael W.
    Feb 25, 2019 at 20:01
  • @MichaelW. what ngram chart are you using? Feb 26, 2019 at 9:23
  • @kkarakk books.google.com/ngrams/…
    – Michael W.
    Feb 26, 2019 at 17:19

Poisoned Cambridge Dict and Oxford dict combined into 1 answer

B2 to put poison in someone's food or drink:

'He said that someone had poisoned his coffee.'

1.1 Adulterate or contaminate with poison.
‘the Amazon basin is being poisoned by the mercury used by gold prospectors’

or My example from comments

she poisoned the apple and waited for snow white to eat it

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    And neither are direct examples of injecting, which is what OP asked for.
    – pipe
    Feb 26, 2019 at 9:53
  • correct, but the OP hasn't actually answered the question (from 24 hours ago) do they literally mean inject or just add. So i added a speculative answer
    – WendyG
    Feb 26, 2019 at 13:08

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