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Definition harmful to physical or mental health
  • The electric car has no tailpipe that spews out noxious fumes.
noxious = harmful to physical or mental health
  • noxious chemical wastes
  • Even the brush-wood is an imported fruit-tree, namely, the guava, which from its abundance has become as noxious as a weed.
    Darwin, Charles  --  The Voyage of the Beagle
  • It was muggy and humid in Chicago, and the smoky exhaust of double-parked cars made the heavy air noxious.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • noxious = harmful (unhealthy or unpleasant)
  • The noxious tar smell permeates the air.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • noxious = foul smelling and harmful
  • The pig stomped around and tore down half an acre of trees, belching a cloud of noxious gas.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • noxious = harmful (to health)
  • The air became deathly still once again and a noxious smell seeped into the clearing.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • noxious = unhealthy
  • The air filled with noxious gas.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • noxious = harmful to the health
  • Some of the migrants bolt down the ladders, trying to escape the noxious haze.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique's Journey
  • noxious = harmful to health
  • Smoke billowed into the room, thick and noxious.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • noxious = harmful to health
  • wet it for use in hand-to-hand combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or...
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • noxious = harmful
  • They bear no trace of the noxious green slime that came from Glimmer's body — which leads me to believe that might not have been wholly real — but they have a fair amount of dried blood on them.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • noxious = harmful
  • His first offering is a Beethoven cello sonata, and this drab concrete corner of downtown Los Angeles, with its nearby settlement of bug-bitten denizens and moving clouds of noxious vehicle exhaust, is transformed into a place of lilting repose.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • noxious = harmful to physical or mental health
  • The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth.
    William O. Douglas
  • noxious ideas
  • That I killed a vile noxious insect, an old pawnbroker woman, of use to no one
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  Crime And Punishment
  • But intriguing people have to invent a noxious, dangerous party.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • A woman may be a fool, a sleepy fool, an agitated fool, a too awfully noxious fool, and she may even be simply stupid.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Chance
  • This noxious fool' (meaning the manager) 'is capable of prying into my boxes when I am not looking.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Heart of Darkness
  • I disapprove of arsenic as a means of destroying noxious insects infesting flowers and plants.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  Law and the Lady

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