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Synonyms for empoison

to have a destructive effect on

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Vanstone's youngest daughter ran up to him at headlong speed, with every external appearance of having suddenly taken leave of her senses.
So little faith is due to external appearance, that there was really an inviting aspect over the venerable edifice, conveying an idea that its history must be a decorous and happy one, and such as would be delightful for a fireside tale.
It was a great dingy house with a quantity of dim side window and blank back premises, and it cost his mind a world of trouble so to lay it out as to account for everything in its external appearance.
We are free from many of the social cancers which are empoisoning the national life of our neighbours," wrote the Canadian Methodist Magazine in 1880.