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
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)