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English noun: poison

1. poison (substance) any substance that causes injury or illness or death of a living organism

Synonymspoisonous substance, toxicant

Broader (hypernym)substance

Narrower (hyponym)atropine, hyoscyamine, toxin

2. poison (attribute) anything that harms or destroys

SamplesThe poison of fascism.

Broader (hypernym)destructiveness

English verb: poison

1. poison (social) spoil as if by poison

SamplesPoison someone's mind.
Poison the atmosphere in the office.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)corrupt, debase, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, pervert, profane, subvert, vitiate

2. poison (contact) kill with poison

SamplesShe poisoned her husband.

ExamplesThey want to poison the prisoners

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)kill

Verb grouppoison

3. poison (change) add poison to

SamplesHer husband poisoned her drink in order to kill her.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

4. poison (contact) kill by its poison

SamplesThis mushrooms can poison.

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)kill

Verb grouppoison, poison

5. poison (body) administer poison to

SamplesShe poisoned her husband but he did not die.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)dose, drug

Narrower (hyponym)intoxicate

Verb grouppoison

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