obnoxious

adjective
ob·​nox·​ious | \ äb-ˈnäk-shəs How to pronounce obnoxious (audio) , əb- \

Definition of obnoxious

1 : odiously or disgustingly objectionable : highly offensive
2 archaic : exposed to something unpleasant or harmful used with to
3 archaic : deserving of censure

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Other Words from obnoxious

obnoxiously adverb
obnoxiousness noun

Examples of obnoxious in a Sentence

Let's get right into it. The title of your book, Why We Suck, is pretty obnoxious. Are we really that bad? — Rachel Deahl, Boston Globe, 30 Nov. 2008 "Not to sound obnoxious, but this downturn could be good for us," says Max Levchin, founder and CEO of Slide, in San Francisco. "Some of our competitors are going to go out of business." — Daniel Lyons, Newsweek, 20 Oct. 2008 Now that many large cities are surrounded by Stygian fields of concrete tedium, urban sprawl looks like an obnoxious side effect of prosperity and decline. — Graham Robb, The Discovery of France, 2007 The teller's eyes widened as a customer poured thousands of pennies onto the counter, an intentionally obnoxious way to pay a high heating bill. — Erik Eckholm, New York Times, 26 June 2006 He said some really obnoxious things about his ex-girlfriend at the party. Some teenagers were being loud and obnoxious.
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Recent Examples on the Web Witness the track-day yahoos who are slow in corners yet insist on keeping you behind them by means of obnoxious straight-line thrust. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Toyota 86 GT Will Make You a Better Driver," 19 June 2020 In New York City alone, calls to a government hotline to report the obnoxious blasts reportedly are up 4,000 percent, compared to this time last year. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Videos show NYC residents shooting fireworks at each other while complaints soar," 19 June 2020 This sort of conversation feels obnoxious to him — talking about growth instead of growing. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "The Passion of Perfume Genius," 29 Apr. 2020 But butteriness in Chardonnay is not one of those obnoxious jargon entries. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Should JaM Cellars be allowed to monopolize buttery Chardonnay?," 24 Apr. 2020 That's not to mention, if there's a window in the room, the sun is probably going to reflect off the collection of hideous mirrors and create an obnoxious glare. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Opinion: Sorry, Bubble Mirrors Are Ugly and Useless," 3 Mar. 2020 The drinking, the drama (Ronnie and Sammy, always), the absurdly obnoxious catch phrases (Cabs are here! Fist pump! Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Snooki Reflects on the Pouf, GTL'ing, and Her Pop Culture Legacy," 31 Dec. 2019 Hicks made Mama Mae so funny with her woe-is-me nagging, misguided seduction attempt and obnoxious put-downs that the racist insults stung all the harder. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Theater Best of 2019: Featured actress, musical," 5 Dec. 2019 Personal attacks on journalists for sharing facts is obnoxious and indecent. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Jake Tapper blasts Biden campaign official for 'gross' attack on Catherine Herridge," 13 May 2020

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First Known Use of obnoxious

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for obnoxious

Latin obnoxius "under obligation, subservient, liable, exposed to, vulnerable" (of uncertain origin) + -ous

Note: Latin obnoxius has traditionally been taken to be a parasynthetic derivative from the phrase ob noxiam "due to wrongdoing, on account of bad behavior" (see noxious), but this explanation does not account for the primary senses of the word. Ernout and Meillet (Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue latine) take -noxius as a desiderative derivative from the base of nancīscī "to acquire" (see enough entry 1), parallel to anxius "worried"/angere "to strangle, distress" (see anxious), alsius "liable to injury from cold"/algēre "to be cold." The English sense "objectionable" is probably due to influence of noxious and its etymon, Latin noxius.

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1 Jul 2020

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“Obnoxious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obnoxious. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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obnoxious

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English Language Learners Definition of obnoxious

: unpleasant in a way that makes people feel offended, annoyed, or disgusted

obnoxious

adjective
ob·​nox·​ious | \ äb-ˈnäk-shəs How to pronounce obnoxious (audio) , əb- \

Kids Definition of obnoxious

: very disagreeable : hateful Judd had heard the obnoxious whine of the motorcycle every day.— Margo Sorenson, Firewatch

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obnoxiously adverb

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