deserving or causing hatred; hateful; detestable.
highly offensive; repugnant; disgusting.

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

Synonyms for odious

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

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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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