- 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
Related Words for invidiousabominable, defamatory, detestable, discriminatory, envious, green-eyed, jealous, libelous, obnoxious, odious, offensive, repugnant, scandalous, slanderous, slighting, undesirable, calumnious, detractive
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Contemporary Examples of invidious
Tevi Troy eschews any invidious mention of right-of-center think tanks in his critique.What the Hell Just Happened at AEI?
January 10, 2012
The drive toward nihilism is invidious, and it adds a substantial layer of risk to the financial world and markets.More Mania in the Markets
October 28, 2011
Historical Examples of invidious
I remonstrated, rather annoyed at the invidious position she was forcing on me in a sense.Chance
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.The Lock And Key Library
And this was the only allusion that the young man was ever to hear her make to his invidious kinswoman.Daisy Miller
- incurring or tending to arouse resentment, unpopularity, etcan invidious task
- (of comparisons or distinctions) unfairly or offensively discriminating
- obsolete grudging; envious
Word Origin for invidious
c.1600, from Latin invidiosus "full of envy, envious," from invidia "envy, grudge, jealousy, ill will" (see envy). Related: Invidiously; invidiousness.