adjective /ɑbˈnɑːkʃəs/
a) Very annoying, offensive, odious or contemptible.

Throwing stones at the bus is another example of your obnoxious behaviour.

b) exposed to harm or injury.

To begin then with his Experiment of the burning Wood, it seems to me to be obnoxious to not a few considerable Exceptions.

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  • Obnoxious — Ob*nox ious ([o^]b*n[o^]k sh[u^]s), a. [L. obnoxius; ob (see {Ob }) + noxius hurtful. See {Noxious}.] 1. Subject; liable; exposed; answerable; amenable; with to. [1913 Webster] The writings of lawyers, which are tied obnoxious to their particular …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • obnoxious — (adj.) 1580s, subject to the authority of another, from L. obnoxiosus hurtful, injurious, from obnoxius subject to harm, from ob to, toward (see OB (Cf. ob )) + noxa injury, hurt, damage entailing liability (see NOXIOUS (Cf. noxious)). Meaning s …   Etymology dictionary

  • obnoxious — I adjective abhorrent, abominable, annoying, antagonizing, antipathetic, base, beastly, blameworthy, censurable, contemptible, deplorable, despicable, detestable, disagreeable, disgusting, displeasing, execrable, faulty, foul, fulsome, gross,… …   Law dictionary

  • obnoxious — distasteful, invidious, abhorrent, *repugnant, repellent Analogous words: *hateful, odious, detestable, abominable: *offensive, loathsome, repulsive, revolting Antonyms: grateful …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • obnoxious — [adj] offensive, repulsive abhorrent, abominable, annoying, awful, beastly*, big mouth*, detestable, disagreeable, disgusting, dislikable, displeasing, foul, gross*, hateable, hateful, heel, horrid, insufferable, invidious, loathsome, mean, nasty …   New thesaurus

  • obnoxious — and offensive in ordinary use are synonymous, and mean highly objectionable, disagreeable, displeasing, and distasteful …   Black's law dictionary

  • obnoxious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ extremely unpleasant. DERIVATIVES obnoxiously adverb obnoxiousness noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «vulnerable»: from Latin obnoxius exposed to harm …   English terms dictionary

  • obnoxious — [əb näk′shəs, äbnäk′shəs] adj. [L obnoxiosus < obnoxius, subject or exposed to danger < ob (see OB ) + noxa, harm < base of nocere, to hurt: see NECRO ] 1. a) exposed or liable to injury, evil, or harm b) liable to punishment; censurable …   English World dictionary

  • obnoxious — adj. 1) obnoxious to 2) obnoxious to + inf. (it was obnoxious of them to do that) * * * [əb nɒkʃəs] obnoxious to obnoxious to + inf. (it was obnoxious of them to do that) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • obnoxious — ob|nox|ious [əbˈnɔkʃəs US ˈna:k ] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: obnoxius, from noxa harm ] very offensive, unpleasant, or rude ▪ She s really obnoxious. ▪ an obnoxious idea ▪ obnoxious odours >obnoxiously adv >obnoxiousness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • obnoxious — [[t]ɒbnɒ̱kʃəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as obnoxious, you think that they are very unpleasant. One of the parents was a most obnoxious character. No one liked him... The people at my table were so obnoxious I simply… …   English dictionary

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