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.
- in·vid·i·ous·ly, adverb
- in·vid·i·ous·ness, noun
- non·in·vid·i·ous, adjective
- non·in·vid·i·ous·ly, adverb
- non·in·vid·i·ous·ness, noun
- un·in·vid·i·ous, adjective
- un·in·vid·i·ous·ly, adverb
- insidious, invidious
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How to use invidious in a sentence
Neal Katyal, a Georgetown law professor arguing on behalf of the City of Philadelphia, said the broad ruling sought by Catholic Social Services would open the door to invidious discrimination — not just against LGBTQ couples.Supreme Court appears poised to rule for foster care agency against LGBTQ couples | Chris Johnson | November 4, 2020 | Washington Blade
Can we find a way to prevent invidious discrimination without subjecting ourselves to government-enforced ideologies?
Tevi Troy eschews any invidious mention of right-of-center think tanks in his critique.
The drive toward nihilism is invidious, and it adds a substantial layer of risk to the financial world and markets.
Unfortunately, the yoke of the foreigner came in more invidious guise.Spanish Life in Town and Country | L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
It is, therefore, (p. 224) a matter of individual taste, and further comparisons would be invidious and perhaps unjust.Yachting Vol. 2 | Various.
There was little indeed to be amused at here except his choice of the particular invidious name.The Awkward Age | Henry James
Several exceptions must be understood; but to select them would be invidious.The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2) | John West
That invidious task they leave to the unsuccessful novelists.How to Fail in Literature | Andrew Lang
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
- invidiously, adverb
- invidiousness, noun
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