Definition of obnoxious in English:

obnoxious

Line breaks: ob¦nox|ious
Pronunciation: /əbˈnɒkʃəs
 
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adjective

  • Extremely unpleasant: obnoxious odours he found her son somewhat obnoxious
    More example sentences
    • I assume he was not aware of the fact that he was in a church and being extremely obnoxious.
    • More than just unpleasant, the obnoxious smell was stifling and suffocating.
    • Like a nasty fungus or a obnoxious flatmate, the government will expand to fill any available space.

Derivatives

obnoxiously

adverb
More example sentences
  • Josh is obnoxiously ambitious, but he's so plagued with chronic insecurity and low self-esteem it's virtually impossible to hate him.
  • Try not to get obnoxiously and tactlessly drunk.
  • The ruling class is obnoxiously greedy, despoiling our planet and exploiting the people on it with a few bare restraints provided by popular pressure over the last century.

obnoxiousness

noun
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  • I am outraged at the degree of obnoxiousness with which they are treating shareholders.
  • There's general rudeness and then there is obnoxiousness.
  • As we have no TV, we've been continually targeted by the TV Licensing Authority with a series of letters of increasing obnoxiousness.

Origin

late 16th century (in the sense 'vulnerable to harm'): from Latin obnoxiosus, from obnoxius 'exposed to harm', from ob- 'towards' + noxa 'harm'. The current sense, influenced by noxious, dates from the late 17th century.

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