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ob·nox·ious  audio  (b-nkshs, b-) KEY 

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

ETYMOLOGY:
Latin obnoxisus, subordinate, from obnoxius, subject, liable : ob-, to ; see ob- + noxa, injury; see nek-1 in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
ob·noxious·ly(Adverb), ob·noxious·ness(Noun)


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