1. Hurtful; harmful; baneful; pernicious; injurious; destructive; unwholesome; insalubrious; as, noxious air, food, or climate; pernicious; corrupting to morals; as, noxious practices or examples. "Too frequent an appearance in places of public resort is noxious to spiritual promotions." (Swift)

2. Guilty; criminal. "Those who are noxious in the eye of the law." (Abp. Bramhall)

Synonyms: Noisome, hurtful, harmful, injurious, destructive, pernicious, mischievous, corrupting, baneful, unwholesome, insalubrious. See Noisome.

Nox"iously, Nox"iousness.

Origin: L. Noxius, fr. Noxa harm; akin to nocere to harm, hurt. Cf. Nuisance, Necromancy.

(01 Mar 1998)

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