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English

Etymology

From Anglo-Norman nusaunce, nussance etc., from Old French nuisance, from nuisire (to harm) ( < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] noceō (I harm)) + -ance.

Pronunciation

Noun

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Singular
nuisance

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  1. A minor annoyance or inconvenience.
  2. A person or thing causing annoyance or inconvenience.
  3. (law) Anything harmful or offensive to the community or to a member of it, for which a legal remedy exists.
    a public nuisance

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Antonyms

  • (minor annoyance or inconvenience): enjoyment

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French

Etymology

nuire + -ance

Noun

nuisance f. (plural nuisances)

  1. pollution
    Les nuisances sonores sont un véritable fléau dans ce quartier.

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