Usage examples for noxious

  1. He raised himself with the assistance of two of the servants, but instantly fell down dead; suffocated, I imagine by some gross and noxious vapor. – Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror by Richard Linthicum Trumbull White Samuel Fallows
  2. Direct observation has shown, in many instances, that the destruction of wild birds has been followed by a great multiplication of noxious insects, and, on the other hand, that these latter have been much reduced in numbers by the protection and increase of the birds that devour them. – The Earth as Modified by Human Action by George P. Marsh
  3. But even this is nothing compared with that later attempt to subject the Press to the Church which called forth Milton's Areopagitica; there indeed soon came to be very little to choose between the Inquisition of the High Commission and the more noxious Inquisition of Rome. – Books Condemned to be Burnt by James Anson Farrer
  4. With a swift movement of her hand she swept the poor little creature, as if it had been a noxious insect, yards away. – The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne by William J. Locke
  5. I said I was tired; it is a mild phrase; my back aches like toothache; when I shut my eyes to sleep, I know I shall see before them - a phenomenon to which both Fanny and I are quite accustomed - endless vivid deeps of grass and weed, each plant particular and distinct, so that I shall lie inert in body, and transact for hours the mental part of my day business, choosing the noxious from the useful. – Vailima-Letters by Stevenson, Robert Louis
  6. The annals of semi- civilized nations unhappily show that there have been instances of similar attempts to extinguish the whole of a noxious race, which had become the object of a tyrant's jealousy; though such an attempt is about as chimerical as it would be to extirpate any particular species of plant, the seeds of which had been borne on every wind over the country. – History-of-the-Conquest-of-Peru by Prescott, William Hickling
  7. It is well that its noxious qualities are very generally known, for it is most tempting to the eye by its delicate fringe- like bunches of white flowers. – Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope
  8. Jets of steam flew upwards from it with a screaming sound, lines of noxious vapours, many- coloured, crept and twisted on its surface, and a hot and horrid stench poisoned the heated air. – Montezuma's Daughter by H. Rider Haggard
  9. They were as a few fragrant flowers amidst a dense accumulation of noxious weeds. – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  10. He would be seated in his wicker armchair beside a little table on which a lamp glowed, the room tightly closed, window down, door shut, a fast- burning brown- paper cigarette to make the atmosphere more noxious. – Ma Pettengill by Harry Leon Wilson
  11. Vice with them is rather an accidental and temporary, than a constitutional and habitual distemper; a noxious plant, which, though found to live and even to thrive in the human mind, is not the natural growth and production of the soil. – A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Middle and Higher Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity. by William Wilberforce
  12. It was filled with workmen who were employed on the road, and with noxious vapours which proceeded from them. – The Ascent of the Matterhorn by Edward Whymper
  13. True, he had not apprehended two exceedingly noxious aristos, as he had hoped to do; but he held the threads of an abominable conspiracy in his hands, and the question of catching both Bertin and Madame la Comtesse red- handed was only a question of time. – The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
  14. The results will reveal a very common way in which the seeds of noxious weeds are introduced. – Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study by Ontario Ministry of Education
  15. These are the true tempers of the covetous and envious; one can scarce determine, whether they are more mischievous to themselves, or to the public; but it is manifest, that they are highly noxious to both, and should be treated accordingly. – Æsop's Fables Embellished with One Hundred and Eleven Emblematical Devices. by Æsop
  16. Diomed, one of the richest men of Pompeii, abandoned his wife and daughters and was fleeing with a bag of silver when he was stifled in front of his garden by noxious vapors. – Round-about Rambles in Lands of Fact and Fancy by Frank Richard Stockton
  17. The actual working of our laws has shown that the effort to prohibit all combination, good or bad, is noxious where it is not ineffective. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various