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obnoxious

[uhb-nok-shuhs]
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:
1575–85; < Latin obnoxiōsus harmful, equivalent to ob- ob- + noxiōsus noxious

obnoxiously, adverb
obnoxiousness, noun
unobnoxious, adjective
unobnoxiously, adverb


1. See hateful.


1. delightful.
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obnoxious (əbˈnɒkʃəs)
 
adj
1.  extremely unpleasant
2.  obsolete exposed to harm, injury, etc
 
[C16: from Latin obnoxius, from ob- to + noxa injury, from nocēre to harm]
 
ob'noxiously
 
adv
 
ob'noxiousness
 
n

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obnoxious
1581, from L. obnoxiosus "hurtful, injurious," from obnoxius "subject to harm," from ob "to, toward" + noxa "injury, hurt, damage entailing liability" (see noxious). Originally "subject to authority, subject to something harmful;" meaning "offensive, hateful" is first recorded
1675, influenced by noxious (q.v.).
"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]
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