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Origin of odious

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin odiōsus, equivalent to od(ium) hatred, odium + -ōsus -ous
Related formso·di·ous·ly, adverbo·di·ous·ness, nounun·o·di·ous, adjectiveun·o·di·ous·ly, adverbun·o·di·ous·ness, noun
Can be confusedmalodorous odious odoriferous odorous smelly stinkyodious odorous

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1. abominable, objectionable, despicable, execrable. See hateful. 2. loathsome, repellent, repulsive.

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  1. offensive; repugnant
Derived Formsodiously, adverbodiousness, noun

Word Origin for odious

C17: from Latin; see odium
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Word Origin and History for odious

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).

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