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nocuous Line breaks: nocu|ous
Pronunciation: /ˈnɒkjʊəs/

Definition of nocuous in English:

adjective

literary
Noxious, harmful, or poisonous.
Example sentences
  • If we wish to expose ourselves to nocuous activities, it is very much our choice.
  • Though my habit of driving along looking at cars on the other side of the road could prove to be a bit nocuous.
  • However, the walk up the stairs of the venue to meet the pair saw thoughts of doubt seep into my mind like a nocuous substance, as they may want the mystery that surrounds their bluesy rock and motivation to continue.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin nocuus (from nocere 'to hurt') + -ous.

Words that rhyme with nocuous

fructuous • tumultuous

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