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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. 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).
  • adj. Archaic Exposed to harm, injury, or evil: "The town ... now lies obnoxious to its foes” ( John Bunyan).
  • adj. Archaic Deserving of or liable to censure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Very annoying, offensive, odious or contemptible.
  • adj. exposed to harm or injury.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Subject; liable; exposed; answerable; amenable; -- with to.
  • adj. Liable to censure; exposed to punishment; reprehensible; blameworthy.
  • adj. Very offensive; odious; hateful

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Liable: subject; exposed, as to harm, injury, or punishment: generally with to: as, obnoxious to blame or to criticism.
  • Justly liable to punishment; hence, guilty; reprehensible; censurable.
  • Offensive; odious; hateful.
  • In law, vulnerable; amenable: with to: as, an indefinite allegation in pleading is obnoxious to a motion, but not generally to a demurrer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. causing disapproval or protest

Etymologies

Latin obnoxiōsus, subordinate, from obnoxius, subject, liable : ob-, to; see ob- + noxa, injury.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin obnoxiōsus ("hurtful, injurious, dangerous"), from obnoxius ("punishable; liable to danger"), from ob ("against; facing") + noxia ("hurt, injury, damage"). (Wiktionary)

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