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nuisance

Syllabification: nui·sance
Pronunciation: /ˈn(y)o͞osəns
 
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Definition of nuisance in English:

noun

1A person, thing, or circumstance causing inconvenience or annoyance: an unreasonable landlord could become a nuisance I hope you’re not going to make a nuisance of yourself
More example sentences
  • If the newcomers wanted to make a go of it here and did not make a nuisance of themselves, they could be Australians.
  • They don't want to go along to annual general meetings and make a nuisance of themselves.
  • In return, they don't secede or otherwise make a nuisance of themselves.
Synonyms
pest, plague, thorn in one's side/flesh
1.1 (also private nuisance) Law An unlawful interference with the use and enjoyment of a person’s land.
Example sentences
  • The tort of nuisance is concerned with unlawful interference with the use or enjoyment of land.
  • A second exception to the rule is where there is a continuing injury, such as a continuing nuisance or trespass to land.
  • But he does not have a cause of action in nuisance for his personal injury, nor for interference with his personal enjoyment.
1.2 Law see public nuisance.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'injury, hurt'): from Old French, 'hurt', from the verb nuire, from Latin nocere 'to harm'.

More
  • innocent from (Middle English):

    Literally meaning ‘not harming’, innocent goes back to Latin in- ‘not’ and nocere ‘to hurt, injure’, which also lies behind nuisance (Late Middle English), noxious (Late Middle English) ‘harmful’, its opposite innocuous (late 16th century), and obnoxious (late 16th century).

Words that rhyme with nuisance

translucence

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