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Poison \Poi"son\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Poisoned; p. pr. & vb. n. Poisoning.] [Cf. OF. poisonner, F. empoissoner, L. potionare to give to drink. See Poison, n.]

  1. To put poison upon or into; to infect with poison; as, to poison an arrow; to poison food or drink. ``The ingredients of our poisoned chalice.''

  2. To injure or kill by poison; to administer poison to.

    If you poison us, do we not die ?

  3. To taint; to corrupt; to vitiate; as, vice poisons happiness; slander poisoned his mind.

    Whispering tongues can poison truth.

  1. 1 (context of a living thing English) killed, paralysed, or harmed by receiving a dose of poison. 2 (context of food or drink English) Containing poison. 3 (context chess of a pawn English) Such that its capture will lessen the capturing player's chance of winning. v

  2. (en-past of: poison)

Usage examples of "poisoned".

And he started back up the shaft, dismissing the pain in his hands, the ache in his ribs and foot, and the poisoned burn of his forearm.

He has me dancing on a thin line of madness with his tricks and troubles, thinking he poisoned me and knowing he didn't.

Later, I thought they had poisoned me, but remembered they weren't around at the time.

Some days ago my lady wife, angry with me for good cause, drank some poisoned wine that was meant for me.

Once, when Wulfstan bent over the pilgrim to blot his brow, the man grabbed his habit and pulled him close, whispering, 'He has poisoned me.

She was more and more convinced that he had poisoned Geoffrey Montaigne.

Obviously you don't know why Nicholas poisoned a dying man, or you would not have suspected me until now.

All the evil with which she'd poisoned Nicholas's life would have been directed elsewhere.

Her mother had been poisoned by the man in whom Lucie had placed all her trust.

So Nicholas poisoned him with the physick that was later used in ignorance on Fitzwilliam.

She hasn't poisoned the water, and I've some salve that will ease these immediately.

Every damned one of them died and I just lay there, playing dead, on the floor breathing through the contaminated mask, exhaling the gas and CO2, sucking in poisoned oxygen while the terrorists ran through the station.

The brambles had been cut back, poisoned, and burnt but there was still a thriving growth at the hotsprings.

The Spider Queen is a deity of chaos, and she and her high priestesses, the true rulers of the drow world, do not look with ill favor upon ambitious individuals wield ing poisoned daggers.

Alton watched the poisoned thing as it continued to shudder from the body's impact, then he turned his scan upward to the center of the room, where the young cleaning attendant stood calmly.