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noxious

Syllabification: nox·ious
Pronunciation: /ˈnäkSHəs
 
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Definition of noxious in English:

adjective

Harmful, poisonous, or very unpleasant: they were overcome by the noxious fumes
More example sentences
  • The closer I got to her room, the stronger I could smell the noxious fumes.
  • Luckily I smelled the noxious fumes, ran upstairs and managed to extinguish it.
  • Visitors have to contend with toxic gases, noxious fumes, and showers of hot ash.
Synonyms
poisonous, toxic, deadly, harmful, dangerous, pernicious, damaging, destructive;
unpleasant, nasty, disgusting, awful, dreadful, horrible, terrible;
vile, revolting, foul, nauseating, appalling, offensive;
malodorous, fetid, putrid
informal ghastly, horrid
literary noisome

Origin

late 15th century: from Latin noxius (from noxa 'harm') + -ous.

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).

Derivatives

noxiously

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Other targets, sorted according to the noxiously specific Nazi taxonomy, were housed elsewhere.
  • His personal sadism and the ‘kick’ he gets from exercising this ultimate power was revealed most noxiously in his public mimicking of the plea for clemency by a condemned woman.
  • A threatening new creature rises from Japan's sludge-ridden Suruga Bay, feeds on the noxiously fuming smokestacks of Osaka, and sprays an acidic cloud that dissolves human flesh on contact.

noxiousness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • The Nobel Prize winner for Medicine Charles Richet attributed this silence to the disgust that arises from noxiousness and the lack of usefulness of human waste.
  • Second, the obvious grounds on which to terminate Churchill are not the stupidity and the noxiousness of his ideas, but his fraudulent claim to be something he isn't.
  • While that fresh air (called make-up air in HVAC circles) is coming in, thirty years of advancement in home design and energy efficiency is leaking out - just so you can rid yourself of a few cubic feet of noxiousness.

Words that rhyme with noxious

obnoxious

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