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 (ŏb-nŏk′shəs, əb-)
1. Very annoying or objectionable; offensive or odious: "I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution" (Ulysses S. Grant).
2. Archaic Exposed or subject to harm, injury, or evil: "Those who are most obnoxious to punishment will flee from the country" (George Washington).
3. Archaic Deserving of or liable to censure.

[Latin obnoxiōsus, subordinate, from obnoxius, subject, liable : ob-, to; see ob- + noxa, injury; see nek- in Indo-European roots.]

ob·nox′ious·ly adv.
ob·nox′ious·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.obnoxiousness - the quality of being hateful
odiousness, offensiveness, distastefulness - the quality of being offensive


nWiderlichkeit f, → Widerwärtigkeit f; (of person also, behaviour)Unausstehlichkeit f
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He actually takes pride in being abrasive, as if a person's tally of detractors measures his fearlessness, not his obnoxiousness.
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The arrogance, ignorance and obnoxiousness of that man is beyond belief," said the Dons boss.
While the latter brings together loyal patriots, radical fundamentalists and terrorists, the common trait among them all is obnoxiousness.