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[oh-dee-uh s] /ˈoʊ di əs/
deserving or causing hatred; hateful; detestable.
highly offensive; repugnant; disgusting.
Origin of odious
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin odiōsus, equivalent to od(ium) hatred, odium + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
odiously, adverb
odiousness, noun
unodious, adjective
unodiously, adverb
unodiousness, noun
Can be confused
1. abominable, objectionable, despicable, execrable. See hateful. 2. loathsome, repellent, repulsive.
1. attractive, lovable. Unabridged
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  • "Not yet awhile," said he, in a voice so odiously sweet that Garnache caught his breath.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • They had an unhealthy look, sallow and pale, and they were odiously precocious.

    The Trembling of a Leaf William Somerset Maugham
  • But she spoke the next moment as if she might, odiously, have been sharp.

    The Golden Bowl Henry James
  • The morning of the day when he was to arrive seemed to her to be odiously long.

    The Red Lily, Complete Anatole France
  • He had simply shrugged his shoulders; he was odiously unsympathetic.

    Mammon and Co. E. F. Benson
  • It is odiously little to win, but it may be the turning-point of my bad luck.

    Mohawks, Volume 1 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • I'm sure you mean to be odiously rude, but to my taste it's a great compliment.

  • For Michael it was a strange and odiously embarrassing experience.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 Compton Mackenzie
  • Your glee this evening has been really too barefaced; you have paraded me odiously.

    Cousin Betty Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for odiously


offensive; repugnant
Derived Forms
odiously, adverb
odiousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin; see odium
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Word Origin and History for odiously



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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