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obnoxious

[uh b-nok-shuh s] /əbˈnɒk ʃəs/
adjective
1.
highly objectionable or offensive; odious:
obnoxious behavior.
2.
annoying or objectionable due to being a showoff or attracting undue attention to oneself:
an obnoxious little brat.
3.
Archaic. exposed or liable to harm, evil, or anything objectionable.
4.
Obsolete. liable to punishment or censure; reprehensible.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Latin obnoxiōsus harmful, equivalent to ob- ob- + noxiōsus noxious
Related forms
obnoxiously, adverb
obnoxiousness, noun
unobnoxious, adjective
unobnoxiously, adverb
Synonyms
1. See hateful.
Antonyms
1. delightful.
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  • Civil rights protesters did not use violence nor did they obnoxiously taunt their presumed antagonists.
  • Nor has she ever been obnoxiously offensive either diplomatically or morally.
  • obnoxiously squawking on loudspeakers all day and half the night.
  • Act up and behave obnoxiously and you will face consequences.
British Dictionary definitions for obnoxiously

obnoxious

/əbˈnɒkʃəs/
adjective
1.
extremely unpleasant
2.
(obsolete) exposed to harm, injury, etc
Derived Forms
obnoxiously, adverb
obnoxiousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin obnoxius, from ob- to + noxa injury, from nocēre to harm
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Word Origin and History for obnoxiously

obnoxious

adj.

1580s, "subject to the authority of another," from Latin obnoxiosus "hurtful, injurious," from obnoxius "subject, exposed to harm," from ob "to, toward" (see ob-) + noxa "injury, hurt, damage entailing liability" (see noxious). Meaning "subject to something harmful" is 1590s; meaning "offensive, hateful" is first recorded 1670s, influenced by noxious.

Obnoxious has two very different senses, one of which (exposed or open or liable to attack or injury) requires notice because its currency is now so restricted that it is puzzling to the uninstructed. It is the word's rightful or de jure meaning, and we may hope that scholarly writers will keep it alive. [Fowler]
Related: Obnoxiously; obnoxiousness.

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