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Daemon
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innocuous

(adjective) Having no adverse effect.

Synonyms: harmless

Usage: That mushroom may look innocuous, but it is in fact deadly.
JUSTIN Excellence
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I read aloud my girl's note for her pleasure ... suddenly my faithful dog barked at the thinning innocuous clouds as if moonlight slapped him in his face. Then I closed my book and kissed my girl while her delicate face reflected in the midst of moonbeams with wonder and delight.






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1: producing no ill effect : working no injury : harmless

<preliminary tests have proved it to be innocuous — Journal of Chemical Education>

2a : not likely to arouse animus or give offense : inoffensive

<confined himself to innocuous generalities>

b : not likely to arouse strong feelings : lacking the capacity to excite

<elaborate concealment of innocuous regions — P. M. Gregory>

or move : pallid, insipid, insignificant

<a pleasant but innocuous suite — Arthur Berger>

Origin of INNOCUOUS

Latin innocuus, from in- 1in- + -nocuus (from nocēre to harm, hurt) — more at noxious

First Known Use: 1598 (sense 1)

Synonyms:

anodyne, benign, hurtless, innocent, harmless, inoffensive, safe, white

Antonyms:

adverse, bad, baleful, baneful, damaging, dangerous, deleterious, detrimental, evil, harmful, hurtful, ill, injurious, mischievous, nocuous, noxious, pernicious, prejudicial, wicked

Related Words:

healthful, healthy, salubrious, wholesome; benignant; sound, trustworthy; gentle, gracious, mild; nonthreatening, painless, unobjectionable; noncorrosive, nondestructive, nonfatal, noninfectious, nonlethal, nonpoisonous, nonpolluting, nontoxic, nonvenomous

Near Antonyms:

poisonous, venomous; menacing, ominous, sinister, threatening; hazardous, imperiling (or imperilling), jeopardizing, parlous, perilous, risky, unsafe, unsound; nasty, noisome, unhealthful, unhealthy, unwholesome; offensive, painful, scathing, wounding; deadly, fatal, lethal, ruinous; destructive, insidious, malignant, noxious, pestilent, polluted, tainted
Alisson Souza
Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014 8:17:09 AM

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Hey, here is a poetic example about innocuous:

Merry, merry sparrow!
Under leaves so green
A happy blossom
Sees you, swift as arrow,
Seek your cradle narrow,
Near my bosom.

This is the first stanza of poem called "The Blossom" written by William Blake,
monamagda
Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014 11:21:50 AM

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Notes: Today's Word is the negative of nocuous, a word losing ground to a distant cousin noxious. It has a standard adverb, innocuously, and noun, innocuousness. You may also use the rarer noun, innocuity, if you are a bit daring. The word history should help you remember that this word is a combination of in- "not" + nocuous "harmful", requiring a double N. Don't forget the two Us separated by an O, either.

In Play: What one person considers innocuous might be considered nocuous by others: "It was an innocuous remark about the high temperature until he compared her to the weather." While innocuous people may be a bit bland, they do tend to be trustworthy, "Duane Pipes is such an innocuous little man, you can trust him with your girlfriend."

Word History: From Latin innocuus "harmless", composed of in- "not" + nocuus "harmful", the adjective from nocere "to harm". The oldest form of this word's root is *nek-/*nok- "death". Derivatives include innocent, nuisance, and nectarine. Innocent comes from the present participle of nocere, negated, innocens, meaning "not causing harm". Nuisance comes from the same participle, polished a bit more by French. The innocent little nectarine took its name from nektar "the drink of the Greek gods", which had, among its best qualities, the capacity to defeat death.

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nkelsey
Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014 7:28:11 PM
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innocuous ~ innocent
Vicki Holzknecht
Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014 7:29:49 PM

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Sometimes having a fling is an innocuous affair.
Anatolian
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Some people have a misconception that all the natural food is innocuous.
Prof. Crayon
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An innocuous remark.
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