nuisance

[noo-suh ns, nyoo-] /ˈnu səns, ˈnyu-/
noun
1.
an obnoxious or annoying person, thing, condition, practice, etc.:
"a monthly meeting that was more nuisance than pleasure."
2.
Law. something offensive or annoying to individuals or to the community, especially in violation of their legal rights.
Origin
1375–1425; late Middle English nu(i)sa(u)nce < Anglo-French, equivalent to nuis(er) to harm (≪ Latin nocēre) + -ance -ance
Example Sentences for nuisance
Slugs and snails can be a severe nuisance.
It was more of a nuisance than a serious health hazard.
You're the one posting on a comment page for no other reason than to be a nuisance.
Shopping can be a delight or a nuisance.
His lawsuit alleges negligence and nuisance.
For kids, the flu is a nuisance; for the elderly, it's often a death sentence.
But if your job demands that you dress in traditional business clothes, bicycling to work can be a nuisance.
But the regional raccoon population has become more than a mere nuisance.
Giant ants can be such a nuisance.
Whether a trout is a nuisance or a valued member of the community depends upon where you stand on the map.
British Dictionary definitions for nuisance
nuisance (ˈnjuːsəns)
 
n
1.  a.  a person or thing that causes annoyance or bother
 b.  (as modifier): nuisance calls
2.  law something unauthorized that is obnoxious or injurious to the community at large (public nuisance) or to an individual, esp in relation to his ownership or occupation of property (private nuisance)
3.  nuisance value the usefulness of a person's or thing's capacity to cause difficulties or irritation
 
[C15: via Old French from nuire to injure, from Latin nocēre]

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Word Origin and History for nuisance
nuisance
c.1410, "injury, hurt, harm," from Anglo-Fr. nusaunce, from O.Fr. nuisance, from pp. stem of nuire "to harm," from L. nocere "to hurt" (see noxious). Sense has softened over time, to "anything obnoxious to a community" (bad smells, pests, eyesores), 1661, then "source of annoyance, something personally disagreeable" (1831). Applied to persons from 1695.
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Idioms and Phrases with nuisance
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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