noxious

[ nok-shuhs ]
/ ˈnɒk ʃəs /
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adjective

harmful or injurious to health or physical well-being: noxious fumes.
morally harmful; corrupting; pernicious: a noxious plan to spread dissension.

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Origin of noxious

1605–15; <Latin noxius harmful, hurtful, injurious, equivalent to nox(a) harm, hurt, injury (akin to nocēre to do harm, inflict injury; see innocent) + -ius-ious

OTHER WORDS FROM noxious

nox·ious·ly, adverbnox·ious·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for noxious

noxious
/ (ˈnɒkʃəs) /

adjective

poisonous or harmful
harmful to the mind or morals; corrupting

Derived forms of noxious

noxiously, adverbnoxiousness, noun

Word Origin for noxious

C17: from Latin noxius harmful, from noxa injury
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Medical definitions for noxious

noxious
[ nŏkshəs ]

adj.

Harmful to living things; injurious to health.
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