[ in-vid-ee-uhs ]
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  1. calculated to create ill will or resentment or give offense; hateful: invidious remarks.

  2. offensively or unfairly discriminating; injurious: invidious comparisons.

  1. causing or tending to cause animosity, resentment, or envy: an invidious honor.

  2. Obsolete. envious.

Origin of invidious

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

Other words from invidious

  • 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

Words that may be confused with invidious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use invidious in a sentence

  • I beg you take all this as I mean it, which, Heaven knows, is not invidiously.

    The American | Henry James
  • Delighted to hear of one of your cold waves—the newspapers here invidiously mentioning none but your hot.

  • Otherwise, people would not respect you, and only think that you were invidiously placed.

    Man and Maid | Elinor Glyn
  • The monster nuisance, as it had been invidiously called, was no longer amenable to the Nuisances Removal Act.

  • They came toward us from under the archway to which Mr. Ruck had somewhat invidiously alluded, slowly and with a jaded air.

    Lady Barbarina | Henry James

British Dictionary definitions for invidious


/ (ɪnˈvɪdɪəs) /

  1. incurring or tending to arouse resentment, unpopularity, etc: an invidious task

  2. (of comparisons or distinctions) unfairly or offensively discriminating

  1. obsolete grudging; envious

Origin of invidious

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

Derived forms of invidious

  • invidiously, adverb
  • invidiousness, noun

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