What does obnoxious mean?

Definitions for obnoxious
əbˈnɒk ʃəsob·nox·ious

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word obnoxious.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. objectionable, obnoxiousadjective

    causing disapproval or protest

    "a vulgar and objectionable person"


  1. obnoxiousadjective

    Very annoying, offensive, odious or contemptible.

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

  2. obnoxiousadjective

    exposed to harm or injury.

  3. Etymology: From obnoxiosus, from obnoxius, from ob + noxia.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. OBNOXIOUSnoun

    Etymology: obnoxius, Latin.

    I propound a character of justice in a middle form, between the speculative discourses of philosophers, and the writings of lawyers, which are tied and obnoxious to their particular laws. Francis Bacon, Holy War.

    All are obnoxious, and this faulty land,
    Like fainting Hester, does before you stand,
    Watching your sceptre. Edmund Waller.

    We know ourselves obnoxious to God’s severe justice, and that he is a God of mercy and hateth sin; and therefore that we might not have the least suspicion of his unwillingness to forgive, he hath sent his only begotten son into the world, by his dismal sufferings and cursed death, to expiate our offences. Edmund Calamy, Sermons.

    Thy name, O Varus, if the kinder pow’rs
    Preserve our plains, and shield the Mantuan tow’rs,
    Obnoxious by Cremona’s neighb’ring crime,
    The wings of swans, and stronger pinion’d rhyme
    Shall raise aloft. Dryd.

    Long hostility had made their friendship weak in itself, and more obnoxious to jealousies and distrusts. John Hayward.

    But what will not ambition and revenge
    Descend to? who aspires, must down as low
    As high he soar’d; obnoxious first or last,
    To basest things. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Beasts lie down,
    To dews obnoxious on the grassy floor. Dryden.


  1. Obnoxious

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  1. obnoxious

    Obnoxious is commonly defined as behavior or attitudes that are extremely unpleasant, offensive, or irritating to others. It refers to people who often display offensive and disruptive conduct, intentionally causing annoyance or provoking others in a socially unacceptable way.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obnoxiousadjective

    subject; liable; exposed; answerable; amenable; -- with to

  2. Obnoxiousadjective

    liable to censure; exposed to punishment; reprehensible; blameworthy

  3. Obnoxiousadjective

    offensive; odious; hateful; as, an obnoxious statesman; a minister obnoxious to the Whigs

  4. Etymology: [L. obnoxius; ob (see Ob-) + noxius hurtful. See Noxious.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Obnoxious

    ob-nok′shus, adj. liable to hurt or punishment: exposed to: guilty: blameworthy: offensive: subject: answerable.—adv. Obnox′iously.—n. Obnox′iousness. [L.,—ob, before, noxa, hurt.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obnoxious in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obnoxious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of obnoxious in a Sentence

  1. William Feather:

    Early morning cheerfulness can be extremely obnoxious.

  2. Ulysses S. Grant:

    I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution.

  3. Peter Daou:

    You're taking one group of obnoxious people online and you're tarnishing an entire campaign.

  4. Stu Strachan:

    The reality is, unless you’re a pastor you have no idea what it’s like to be a pastor, it sounds obnoxious, but it’s true, and it calls upon every aspect of who you are as a person. You are always on call, and more and more roles are foisted upon pastors. They’re not just studying God’s word, praying, visiting the congregation, they’re expected to be CEO, CFO types who cast vision, manage staff, create strategic partnerships. There is a lot of burnout.

  5. Kevin Brackett:

    What these gentlemen did was take a courageous stand against an obnoxious and vile policy, it’s important that we publicly and legally recognize the wrongfulness of those convictions.

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  • مزعج، هجوم، بغيض، أو ذميمArabic
  • отвратителенBulgarian
  • abscheulich, anstößig, widerwärtig, unausstehlich, unerträglich, widerlichGerman
  • αποκρουστικόςGreek
  • detestable, odioso, desagradable, odiosa, inhalagüeñoSpanish
  • sietämätön, inhottava, vastenmielinen, ärsyttäväFinnish
  • désagréable, odieux, ennuyeuxFrench
  • obnóxioGalician
  • अप्रियHindi
  • ellenszenvesHungarian
  • burukIndonesian
  • odioso, ripugnante, detestabileItalian
  • מְגוּנ� הHebrew
  • 嫌, 忌まわしいJapanese
  • საზიზღარიGeorgian
  • ಅಸಹ್ಯಕರKannada
  • obnoxiumLatin
  • vervelend, onuitstaanbaar, onaangenaam, weerzinwekkendDutch
  • utålelig, ufyseligNorwegian
  • nieznośny, obraźliwy, okropny, przykry, wstrętnyPolish
  • insuportável, desagradávelPortuguese
  • nesuferit, respingător, dezagreabil, insuportabil, neplăcut, grețosRomanian
  • омерзительный, отвратительныйRussian
  • odbojan, odvratan, odiozanSerbo-Croatian
  • motbjudande, förhatlig, avskyvärd, vidrigSwedish
  • iğrençTurkish
  • неприємнийUkrainian
  • 厭惡Chinese

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    a disposition that is confused or nervous and upset
    A excogitate
    B flub
    C knead
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