Nuisance vs Obnoxious - What's the difference?

nuisance | obnoxious |


As a noun nuisance

is a minor annoyance or inconvenience.

As an adjective obnoxious is

extremely unpleasant, offensive, very annoying, odious or contemptible.

nuisance

English

Noun

(wikipedia nuisance) (en noun)
  • A minor annoyance or inconvenience.
  • A person or thing causing annoyance or inconvenience.
  • (legal) Anything harmful or offensive to the community or to a member of it, for which a legal remedy exists.
  • a public nuisance

    Synonyms

    * (minor annoyance or inconvenience) annoyance, inconvenience, offense * (person or thing causing annoyance or inconvenience) bother, obstacle, pest

    Antonyms

    * (minor annoyance or inconvenience) enjoyment

    Derived terms

    * nuisance tax ----

    obnoxious

    English

    Alternative forms

    * obnoctious (obsolete)

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Extremely unpleasant, offensive, very annoying, odious or contemptible.
  • He was an especially obnoxious and detestable specimen of a man.
    Throwing stones at the bus is another example of your obnoxious behaviour.
  • (archaic) exposed to harm or injury.
  • * 1661 , , page 26,
  • To begin then with his Experiment of the burning Wood, it seems to me to be obnoxious to not a few considerable Exceptions.