obnoxious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj obnoxious causing disapproval or protest "a vulgar and objectionable person"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Obnoxious Liable to censure; exposed to punishment; reprehensible; blameworthy. "The contrived and interested schemes of . . . obnoxious authors.""All are obnoxious , and this faulty land,
      Like fainting Hester, does before you stand
      Watching your scepter."
    • Obnoxious Subject; liable; exposed; answerable; amenable; -- with to. "The writings of lawyers, which are tied obnoxious to their particular laws.""Esteeming it more honorable to live on the public than to be obnoxious to any private purse.""Obnoxious , first or last,
      To basest things"
    • Obnoxious Very offensive; odious; hateful; as, an obnoxious statesman; a minister obnoxious to the Whigs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • obnoxious Liable: subject; exposed, as to harm, injury, or punishment: generally with to: as, obnoxious to blame or to criticism.
    • obnoxious Justly liable to punishment; hence, guilty; reprehensible; censurable.
    • obnoxious Offensive; odious; hateful.
    • obnoxious In law, vulnerable; amenable: with to: as, an indefinite allegation in pleading is obnoxious to a motion, but not generally to a demurrer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Obnoxious ob-nok′shus liable to hurt or punishment: exposed to: guilty: blameworthy: offensive: subject: answerable
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Quotations

  • Kin Hubbard
    Kin%20Hubbard
    “It's pretty hard to be efficient without being obnoxious.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Isn't it sad how some people can't be funny, so they have to settle for being obnoxious?”
  • Ulysses S. Grant
    Ulysses S. Grant
    “I know of no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their strict execution.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. obnoxius,; ob,see Ob-) + noxius, hurtful. See Noxious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—ob, before, noxa, hurt.

Usage

In literature:

I desired her to explain what in her uncle's character made him so obnoxious.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
You just helped me get rid of a very obnoxious partner.
"Treachery in Outer Space" by Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman
Of these different forms it may be said, that the second is most obnoxious to the people, and the third most unequal.
"Continental Monthly, Volume 5, Issue 4" by Various
But its very definiteness makes it the more evidently obnoxious to criticism.
"The Concept of Nature" by Alfred North Whitehead
I wonder that obnoxious parson has not made himself more disagreeable already.
"Sword and Gown" by George A. Lawrence
By the upper classes he is abhorred as a specially obnoxious and pestilent person.
"Disturbed Ireland" by Bernard H. Becker
He found that the province of the police was not to enforce morality, but to prevent immorality becoming obnoxious.
"The Cow Puncher" by Robert J. C. Stead
Fisher was obnoxious on account of some practices into which his credulity, rather than any bad intentions, seems to have betrayed him.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part C. From Henry VII. to Mary" by David Hume
Murray was the least obnoxious of all her enemies.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part D. From Elizabeth to James I." by David Hume
Of all the king's ministers, no one was so obnoxious in this respect as the lord keeper Finch.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part E. From Charles I. to Cromwell" by David Hume
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In poetry:

And having now a pardon free,
To hell obnoxious cannot be,
Nor to a threat, except anent
Paternal wrath and chastisement.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
We are obnoxious all of us to death,
And to the dreadful pains of hell beneath —
And no one ever shall from thence get free,
'Till Jesus Christ shall gain his liberty.
"Advice, To Search For The Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard
So anxious too was Christ our souls to save,
Which now obnoxious to damnation lie,
That his own life and soul He freely gave,
And for his flock the shepherd deign'd to die.
"Adam's Race" by Rees Prichard
Thus they, thro' their pride, both obnoxious became
To the pains to such crimes justly due,
And we, their descendants, all merit the same,
So close we their footsteps pursue.
"An Exhortation To Worship Our Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Ke$ha's music has been called 'repulsive, obnoxious, and ridiculously catchy.
The most obnoxious car I ever owned.
The Twitter user FanSince09 retweets obnoxious Philadelphia sports fans.
Obnoxious Fans Come In All Colors.
Ban these obnoxious media, political and cultural phrases.
Sandra '18' Wheeler Hester is obnoxious , but is that a crime.
When mortgage lenders make late and obnoxious requests.
In response to "Political Calls Obnoxious ," (North Country This Week June 27- July 3), it is very disturbing that you push your own political agenda while complaining about political calls.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' proves more obnoxious than emotional.
Obnoxious attempt to intimidate Supreme Court.
A Field Guide to Obnoxious Eating.
Ponders Gagging ' Obnoxious ' Motorcycles.
Josh and I Are " Obnoxious Parents".
Grammer's new series is obnoxious .
Relief needed from obnoxious spray.
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In science:

Zmazek, The obnoxious center problem on weighted cactus graphs, Discrete Appl.
Independent sets in chain cacti
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