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invidious

[in-vid-ee-uh s]
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adjective
  1. calculated to create ill will or resentment or give offense; hateful: invidious remarks.
  2. offensively or unfairly discriminating; injurious: invidious comparisons.
  3. causing or tending to cause animosity, resentment, or envy: an invidious honor.
  4. Obsolete. envious.

Origin of invidious

1600–10; < Latin invidiōsus envious, envied, hateful, equivalent to invidi(a) envy + -ōsus -ous
Related formsin·vid·i·ous·ly, adverbin·vid·i·ous·ness, nounnon·in·vid·i·ous, adjectivenon·in·vid·i·ous·ly, adverbnon·in·vid·i·ous·ness, nounun·in·vid·i·ous, adjectiveun·in·vid·i·ous·ly, adverb
Can be confusedinsidious invidious
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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


British Dictionary definitions for invidious

invidious

adjective
  1. incurring or tending to arouse resentment, unpopularity, etcan invidious task
  2. (of comparisons or distinctions) unfairly or offensively discriminating
  3. obsolete grudging; envious
Derived Formsinvidiously, adverbinvidiousness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin invidiōsus full of envy, from invidia envy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for invidious

adj.

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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