- deserving or causing hatred; hateful; detestable.
- highly offensive; repugnant; disgusting.
Origin of odious
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Examples from the Web for odious
Is the lead character Hannah, played by Lena Dunham, intended to be likeable or odious?Why ‘Girls’ Is Bad for Women
March 31, 2014
A conscience exemption could offer cover for the oldest and most odious form of discrimination in America.How ‘Religious Freedom’ Is Hurting Everyone’s Freedom
March 5, 2014
A veteran Conservative politician, Tebbit is well-known for his controversial (often odious) pronouncements.Britain’s Weighty Issue
January 20, 2014
So why is it so odious to some in the art world when an artist tries to make a little coin for himself?The Myth of the Tortured Artist
January 4, 2014
Rock star is an odious distinction for a musician in the first place.Interview: T Bone Burnett, the Coen Brothers’ Music Guru
December 13, 2013
As to this odious Solmes, I wonder not at your aversion to him.
You must, you will, I doubt, be sacrificed to this odious man.
I made every effort to get relieved from this odious work, but without avail.Biography of a Slave
He hates the sight of her odious red wig as much now as we always did.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
I felt the colour coming into my face, for this man was odious.My Double Life
- offensive; repugnant
Word Origin and History for odious
late 14c., from Anglo-French odious, from Old French odieus (late 14c., Modern French odieux) or directly from Latin odiosus "hateful, offensive, unpleasant," from odium "hatred" (see odium).