1. [syn: hatefulness, obnoxiousness, objectionableness]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Obnoxious \Ob*nox"ious\ ([o^]b*n[o^]k"sh[u^]s), a. [L. obnoxius;
ob (see Ob-) + noxius hurtful. See Noxious.]
1. Subject; liable; exposed; answerable; amenable; -- with
The writings of lawyers, which are tied obnoxious to
their particular laws. --Bacon.
Esteeming it more honorable to live on the public
than to be obnoxious to any private purse. --Milton.
Obnoxious, first or last,
To basest things --Milton.
2. Liable to censure; exposed to punishment; reprehensible;
blameworthy. "The contrived and interested schemes of . .
. obnoxious authors." --Bp. Fell.
All are obnoxious, and this faulty land,
Like fainting Hester, does before you stand
Watching your scepter. --Waller.
3. Very offensive; odious; hateful; as, an obnoxious
statesman; a minister obnoxious to the Whigs. --Burke.
[1913 Webster] -- Ob*nox"ious*ly, adv. --
Ob*nox"ious*ness, n. --South.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the quality of being hateful [syn: hatefulness,