[nok-shuh s] /ˈnɒk ʃəs/

harmful or injurious to health or physical well-being:
noxious fumes.
morally harmful; corrupting; pernicious:
a noxious plan to spread dissension.
poisonous or harmful
harmful to the mind or morals; corrupting

c.1500, from Latin noxius “hurtful, injurious,” from noxa “injury, hurt, damage entailing liability” (related to nocere “to hurt,” and to nex “slaughter”), from PIE *nek-ro-, causative form of root *nek- “death” (see necro-).

noxious nox·ious (nŏk’shəs)
Harmful to living things; injurious to health.
nox’ious·ness n.


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