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[in-vid-ee-uh s] /ɪnˈvɪd i əs/
calculated to create ill will or resentment or give offense; hateful:
invidious remarks.
offensively or unfairly discriminating; injurious:
invidious comparisons.
causing or tending to cause animosity, resentment, or envy:
an invidious honor.
Obsolete. envious.
Origin of invidious
1600-10; < Latin invidiōsus envious, envied, hateful, equivalent to invidi(a) envy + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
invidiously, adverb
invidiousness, noun
noninvidious, adjective
noninvidiously, adverb
noninvidiousness, noun
uninvidious, adjective
uninvidiously, adverb
Can be confused
insidious, invidious. Unabridged
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  • I remonstrated, rather annoyed at the invidious position she was forcing on me in a sense.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • This raises at once the just complaint that invidious distinctions are made.

    A Book for All Readers Ainsworth Rand Spofford
  • Several exceptions must be understood; but to select them would be invidious.

  • For surely no two men were ever left in a position so invidious and irritating.

  • And this was the only allusion that the young man was ever to hear her make to his invidious kinswoman.

    Daisy Miller Henry James
  • Egoism does not necessarily imply the invidious stigma of selfishness.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • His only approach to invidious comment was in regard to the terrapin.

    A Border Ruffian Thomas A. Janvier
  • It seemed to move in her a little, exactly, that sense of the invidious.

    The Finer Grain Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for invidious


incurring or tending to arouse resentment, unpopularity, etc: an invidious task
(of comparisons or distinctions) unfairly or offensively discriminating
(obsolete) grudging; envious
Derived Forms
invidiously, adverb
invidiousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin invidiōsus full of envy, from invidiaenvy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for invidious

c.1600, from Latin invidiosus "full of envy, envious," from invidia "envy, grudge, jealousy, ill will" (see envy). Related: Invidiously; invidiousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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