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obnoxious

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Pronunciation: /əbˈnɒkʃəs
 
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Definition of obnoxious in English:

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.

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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  • 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

obnoxiously

1
adverb
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

2
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with obnoxious

noxious

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