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.
Recent Examples of obnoxious from the Web
The issue is a polarizing one, something its creators know, which is why discussions about U.S. immigration policy are easier to swallow when framed as a TV game show, one of America's most obnoxious but innocuous exports.
This is how Boston sports fans became so damn obnoxious.
The New England Patriots, with arguably the most arrogant of fan bases, will square off against the Philadelphia Eagles, with arguably the most obnoxious of fan bases.
Offering one of those without also offering straws seems perhaps inhumane, and definitely less conducive to obnoxious photos showing how like totally cute everyone looks drinking together from them.
Heck, Tim McCarver hosted the 1994 Winter Games for CBS wearing a catcher’s mask; like Norman Esiasion (U-Md ’84) couldn’t anchor this baby in his sleep while simultaneously doing his obnoxious, tone-deaf New York morning-drive radio show? 3.
Odd Future leader Tyler the Creator’s talent has always been as obvious as his need to provoke with homophobic slurs and misogynist lyrics has been obnoxious.
If no one in the new Fab Five stands out like original fan faves Carson Kressley or Jai Rodriguez (save grooming expert Jonathan Van Ness for his obnoxious attempts to become a meme), the straight guys are surprisingly memorable.
So, naturally, that handsome and talented dingus would also have some absolutely obnoxious music opinions.
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The Lost Meaning of obnoxious
Obnoxious in its oldest sense means “exposed to something unpleasant or harmful.” This meaning is etymologically accurate: obnoxious is derived ultimately from the Latin ob- “exposed to” and noxa “harm.” It has been entirely superseded, however, by the sense “extremely offensive.” Though this sense is by no means new, having been first recorded more than 300 years ago, some commentators in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were displeased about its ascendancy over the etymological meaning. Ambrose Bierce, the author of the satirical Devil’s Dictionary, wrote in his 1909 book Write It Right: “Obnoxious means exposed to evil. A soldier in battle is obnoxious to danger.” Despite these admonitions, obnoxious is nowadays widely used to describe bothersome, rather than perilous, things, and no one questions its correctness.
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- Judd had heard the obnoxious whine of the motorcycle every day.
- —Margo Sorenson, Firewatch
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