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Nóxious. adj. [noxius, Latin.]

  1. Hurtful; harmful; baneful; mischievous; destructive; pernicious; unwholsome.

    Preparation and correction, is not only by addition of other bodies, but separation of noxious parts from their own. Brown's Vulgar Errours, b. iv.

    Kill noxious creatures, where 'tis sin to save,
    This only just prerogative we have.

    See pale Orion sheds unwholsome dews,
    Arise, the pines a noxious shade disfuse;
    Sharp Boreas blows, and nature feels decay,
    Time conquers all, and we must time obey.

    Too frequent an appearance in places of much resort, is noxious to spiritual promotions. Swift's Miscell.

  2. Guilty; criminal.

    Those who are noxious in the eye of the law, are justly punished by them to whom the execution of the law is committed. Bramhall against Hobbs.

Sources: Bramhall, John (9) · Browne, Thomas (204) · Dryden, John (788) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

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