March 29, 2013
- noxious (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- : harmful especially to health : unwholesome
- How do you use it?
- The prestigious award went to two scientists who discovered a method for turning noxious chemical sludge into usable and harmless products.
- Are you a word wiz?
"Noxious" developed from the Latin word "noxa." Based on what you have learned about "noxious," what do you think "noxa" means?"Noxa" means "harm," and that root and its grisly kin are creepy enough to help you remember that anything noxious is harmful. "Noxa" is closely related to another Latin word, "nex," which means "violent death." It is also a relative of the Greek word "nekros," meaning "dead body." With ghoulish kin like that, you might say that "noxa" belongs to the "Addams Family" of words.