2. offering, oblation, tribute, offertory, propitiation; offering, sacrifice, incense, burnt offering, votive offering, peace offering.
libel, n. 1. defamation, denigration, vilification, vituperation, scandal, yellow journalism, Inf. skeleton in the closet; censure, reproach, denunciation, curse, malediction, railing, invective, commination, Archaic. exprobration; shame, disgrace, dishonor, ill-repute, obloquy, loss of face; belittlement, disparagement, deprecation, detraction, deflation, depreciation, derogation, devaluation; humiliation, humble pie, mortification; mockery, lampoon, pasquinade, squib.
2. calumny, slander, false report, misrepresentation, falsehood, lie, untruth, traducement; aspersion, imputation, insinuation, Inf. brickbat, innuendo; abuse, injury, backbiting, Archaic, malison; slur, blot, blot on the escutcheon, smear, smirch, stain, taint, tarnish, spot, black spot or mark; blemish, smudge, brand, stigma. -v. 3. defame, vilify, vilipend, denigrate, vituperate, scandalize, run down, berate, malign, revile, gibbet, impugn, criticize, pull to pieces, SI. do a hatchet job on, give a bad name, speak ill of, speak evil of, hold up to scorn, sneer at, muckrake; denounce, curse, rail, execrate, damn, imprecate, Obs. exprobate, anathematize, censure, cry down, reproach; disgrace, shame, dishonor, debase, vitiate, degrade, discredit, disprove, disfavor; belittle, disparage, detract, decry, deprecate, deflate, depreciate, devaluate, derogate; humiliate, humble, mortify, SI. put down; lampoon, mock, ridicule, satirize, pasquinade.
4. calumniate, slander, traduce, falsify, accuse falsely, misrepresent, belie, impute, asperse, insinuate; injure, abuse, insult, backbite, SI. badmouth, engage in personalities; slur, sully, defile, smear, smirch, besmirch, soil, stain, blacken, taint, attaint, tarnish, smudge, spot, brand, stigmatize, drag through the mud or mire, heap dirt upon, fling dirt, throw mud on, spatter, bespatter, SI. dump on.
libelous, adj. 1. defamatory, denigrating, vituperative, vilifying, vilipenditory; critical, denunciable, imprecatory, condemnatory, disapproving, disapprobatory, maledictory; scandalous, notorious, flagrant, outrageous; censurable, blameworthy, culpable, chargeable, accusable, impeachable, imputable; shameful, disgraceful, reproachable, dishonorable, discreditable, disfavorable, disreputable; debased, abased, vitiated, depraved, degenerate, corrupt; humbling, humiliating, mortifying; belittling, disparaging, deprecatory, derogatory, detracting, deflating, depreciating, devaluating; satirical, sarcastic, caustic, acrimonious, vitriolic, scathing.
2. slanderous, calumnious, calumniatory, traducent, false, untrue, maliciously false or untrue, misrepre-sentative, aspersive, imputative, insinuating, gossiping; abusive, thersitical, hurtful, scurrilous, Archaic. scurrile, injurious, contumelious, insulting, backbiting; defiling, sullying, soiling, staining, smearing, smirching, tainting, tarnishing, blemishing, smudging, stigmatizing.
liberal, adj. 1. progressive, forward-looking, pro-gressivist, reformist; radical, left-wing, leftist; libertarian, latitudinarian, libertine, free-thinking, liberal-minded, independent; humanistic, enlightened, up-to-date, modern.
2. tolerant, indulgent, unbigoted, unprejudiced, unbiased, unjaundiced, unwarped; open-minded, broadminded, large-minded, broad, unhidebound, broad-gauged; unprovincial, unparochial, catholic, ecumenical, cosmopolitan; dispassionate, disinterested, impartial, unopinionated.
3. generous, beneficient, charitable, bounteous; munificent, philanthropic, humanitarian, magnanimous, big, big-hearted; unselfish, altruistic, benevolent, benign, benignant; open-handed, unstinting, giving, ungrudging, unsparing; kind, kindhearted, sympathetic, compassionate, gracious; handsome, princely, lordly, royal, regal.
My Account / Test History
The difference is that poison gets into your body if you inhale it (breathe it in), ingest it (eat or drink), or touch it. Venom gets into your body if it is injected in, such as through a bite or a sting.
Certain snakes are venomous, because they bite you and inject their venom (although many native English speakers say "poisonous snake"). Scorpions and some spiders are also venomous, because they bite or sting you. There are plants and frogs that are poisonous - you will get sick if you touch them or eat them.
Sometimes people use poison to kill other people - by secretly putting it into their food or drink. When this happens, we say the victim was poisoned.