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Definitions for obnoxious
əbˈnɒk ʃəsob·nox·ious

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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.


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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


    All great talents are never found in rich exquisite locales with perfect setting that enhance their creative works, but on the contrary are found in the most obnoxious circumstances yet are unaffected by them and create masterpieces at the most unpredictable situations, just like a lotus flower blossoming in a muddy pond!

  2. Kevin Gillespie:

    Gunshow is brash and masculine and over the top. And it doesn't care whether you like it in many ways. And it's kind of obnoxious, and it's very much me, revival is much more gracious. It's your grandmother's home, and she's going to do anything she can to make you happy and get you fed.

  3. Meryl Streep:

    He came up to me and said, ‘I’m Dustin — burp — Hoffman,’ and he put his hand on my breast, what an obnoxious pig, I thought.

  4. Getty Images:

    I think that he would be one of the weaker candidates. We have a lot of young candidates who will fight for principle but don't have the sort of obnoxious personal characteristics that alienate a lot of voters.

  5. Katie Packer:

    Donald Trump is Donald Trump and Donald Trump is obnoxious and Donald Trump is all things that women don't really want in a husband in an employer or their president, but there is a segment of Republican Women who will put up with anything, as long as Republican Women have someone who will' tell it like is,' because that's all Republican Women care about. He is doing well among Republican Women that we already get.

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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
  • 嫌, 忌まわしいJapanese
  • საზიზღარიGeorgian
  • ಅಸಹ್ಯಕರKannada
  • obnoxiumLatin
  • vervelend, onuitstaanbaar, onaangenaam, weerzinwekkendDutch
  • utålelig, ufyseligNorwegian
  • obraźliwy, okropny, wstrętny, nieznośny, przykryPolish
  • desagradável, insuportávelPortuguese
  • nesuferit, respingător, dezagreabil, neplăcut, grețos, insuportabilRomanian
  • омерзительный, отвратительныйRussian
  • odbojan, odvratan, odiozanSerbo-Croatian
  • motbjudande, förhatlig, avskyvärd, vidrigSwedish
  • iğrençTurkish
  • неприємнийUkrainian
  • 厭惡Chinese

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    a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)
    • A. signify
    • B. adventure
    • C. demolish
    • D. deny

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