Antonyms for nuisance

Grammar : Noun
Spell : noo-suh ns, nyoo-
Phonetic Transcription : ˈnu səns, ˈnyu-

Definition of nuisance

Origin :
  • c.1400, "injury, hurt, harm," from Anglo-French nusaunce, Old French nuisance "harm, wrong, damage," from past participle stem of nuire "to harm," from Latin nocere "to hurt" (see noxious). Sense has softened over time, to "anything obnoxious to a community" (bad smells, pests, eyesores), 1660s, then "source of annoyance, something personally disagreeable" (1831). Applied to persons from 1690s.
  • noun annoyance; annoying person
Example sentences :
  • They want to loaf about, and drink, and be a nuisance to everybody, like some of the rich ones.
  • Extract from : « Weighed and Wanting » by George MacDonald
  • This fact is simply that a child is a nuisance to a grown-up person.
  • Extract from : « A Treatise on Parents and Children » by George Bernard Shaw
  • A nuisance on Balera, which is the equivalent of a Terran swamp.
  • Extract from : « Join Our Gang? » by Sterling E. Lanier
  • Aunty May said it was funny, too, but Aunty Edith said it was a nuisance.
  • Extract from : « W. A. G.'s Tale » by Margaret Turnbull
  • All the politicians are a nuisance, a curse, a plague worse than was any in Egypt.
  • Extract from : « Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863 » by Adam Gurowski
  • You're a nuisance, worrying like that just when a fellow wants to work.'
  • Extract from : « His Masterpiece » by Emile Zola
  • She also found it a nuisance having to make up Etienne's bed every evening in the shop.
  • Extract from : « L'Assommoir » by Emile Zola
  • Only he's too much of a nuisance: he blubbers; he talks about remorse.
  • Extract from : « Nana, The Miller's Daughter, Captain Burle, Death of Olivier Becaille » by Emile Zola
  • They are a nuisance, always looking and watching us as they do.'
  • Extract from : « Abbe Mouret's Transgression » by Emile Zola
  • Deuce of a nuisance havin' to turn out for this fellow Lever.
  • Extract from : « Joy (First Series Plays) » by John Galsworthy

Synonyms for nuisance

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