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
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has replaced former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel as the most obnoxious player in terms of his bravado and cocky attitude — shown in his antics on the field.
Even in the realm of the obnoxious and unnecessary, having the bigger badge isn’t worth it.
His brand has always included rock ’n’ roll-spirited leather jackets, strong suiting and bold and slightly rebellious-looking footwear that could get a guy head-turns, but not in an obnoxious look-at-me sort of way.
My favorite touch: an obnoxious ICE agent’s walk-on for a Q&A to blaring rap rock, the soundtrack of insufferable tools everywhere.
Fey's won nine different Emmys, which is borderline obnoxious.
There is no plot here, to speak of, just an indulgent display of each male’s obnoxious behavior, separated into pseudo-literary chapters, as in Woody Allen’s vanity project Hannah and Her Sisters.
Though the boy turns out to be obnoxious, like his father, his petulant energy is refreshing.
This obnoxious tradition began in the 1930s and has survived bans and fines aimed at curbing the practice.
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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 It has been entirely superseded, however, by the sense “extremely offensive.”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.
Synonymsabhorrent, abominable, appalling, awful, disgusting, distasteful, dreadful, evil, foul, fulsome, gross, hideous, horrendous, horrible, horrid, loathsome, nasty, nauseating, nauseous, noisome, noxious, offensive, obscene, odious, rancid, repellent (also repellant), repugnant, repulsive, revolting, scandalous, shocking, sickening, ugly
Related Wordsexceptionable, objectionable; brackish, disagreeable, dislikable (also dislikeable), unpleasant; contemptible, despicable, detestable, hard, hateful; unhealthy, unsavory, unwholesome; execrable, lousy, miserable; atrocious, frightful, ghastly, grim, grisly, gruesome (also grewsome), heinous, horrendous, horrific, horrifying, lurid, macabre, monstrous, nightmarish, shocking, sick, sickish, sickly, terrible, unspeakable, vile; off-putting, undesirable, unwanted, unwelcome; barbarous, unchristian, uncivilized, ungodly, unholy; distressing, disturbing, upsetting
Near Antonymsacceptable, agreeable, alluring, appealing, attractive, blessed (also blest), congenial, darling, delectable, delicious, delightful, delightsome, desirable, dreamy, dulcet, enjoyable, felicitous, gratifying, heavenly, inviting, likable (or likeable), luscious, nice, palatable, pleasant, pleasing, pleasurable, satisfying, savory (also savoury), sweet, welcome; unexceptionable, unobjectionable; healthful, healthy, restorative, salubrious, salutary, wholesome
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- Judd had heard the obnoxious whine of the motorcycle every day.
- —Margo Sorenson, Firewatch
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