obnoxious

[ uhb-nok-shuhs ]
/ əbˈnɒk ʃəs /

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Once upon a time, 1578 to be exact, the word "obnoxious" was born.

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adjective

highly objectionable or offensive; odious: obnoxious behavior.
annoying or objectionable due to being a showoff or attracting undue attention to oneself: an obnoxious little brat.
Archaic. exposed or liable to harm, evil, or anything objectionable.
Obsolete. liable to punishment or censure; reprehensible.

Origin of obnoxious

1575–85; < Latin obnoxiōsus harmful, equivalent to ob- ob- + noxiōsus noxious

Related forms

ob·nox·ious·ly, adverbob·nox·ious·ness, nounun·ob·nox·i·ous, adjectiveun·ob·nox·i·ous·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for obnoxious

obnoxious

/ (əbˈnɒkʃəs) /

adjective

extremely unpleasant
obsolete exposed to harm, injury, etc

Derived Forms

obnoxiously, adverbobnoxiousness, noun

Word Origin for obnoxious

C16: from Latin obnoxius, from ob- to + noxa injury, from nocēre to harm
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