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annoyance

[uh-noi-uh ns] /əˈnɔɪ əns/
noun
1.
a person or thing that annoys; nuisance:
Unwanted visitors are an annoyance.
2.
an act or instance of annoying.
3.
the feeling of being annoyed.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French; see annoy, -ance
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annoyance

/əˈnɔɪəns/
noun
1.
the feeling of being annoyed
2.
the act of annoying
3.
a person or thing that annoys
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Word Origin and History for annoyance's

annoyance

n.

late 14c., "act of annoying," from Old French enoiance "ill-humor, irritation," from anuiant, present participle of anuier "to be troublesome, annoy, harass" (see annoy). Meaning "state of being annoyed" is from c.1500. Earlier, annoying was used in the sense of "act of offending" (c.1300), and a noun annoy (c.1200) in a sense "feeling of irritation, displeasure, distaste."

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