[ in-vid-ee-uh s ]
/ ɪnˈvɪd i əs /


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

1600–10; < Latin invidiōsus envious, envied, hateful, equivalent to invidi(a) envy + -ōsus -ous

Related forms

Can be confused

insidious invidious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for invidious


/ (ɪnˈvɪdɪəs) /


incurring or tending to arouse resentment, unpopularity, etcan invidious task
(of comparisons or distinctions) unfairly or offensively discriminating
obsolete grudging; envious

Derived Forms

invidiously, adverbinvidiousness, noun

Word Origin for invidious

C17: from Latin invidiōsus full of envy, from invidia envy
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