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.

Antonyms for odious

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Contemporary Examples of odiously

  • He was the emblem of the world of the privileged, odiously sure of their own impunity.

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Historical Examples of odiously

  • "Not yet awhile," said he, in a voice so odiously sweet that Garnache caught his breath.

    St. Martin's Summer

    Rafael Sabatini

  • They had an unhealthy look, sallow and pale, and they were odiously precocious.

    The Trembling of a Leaf

    William Somerset Maugham

  • But she spoke the next moment as if she might, odiously, have been sharp.

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    Henry James

  • The morning of the day when he was to arrive seemed to her to be odiously long.

  • He had simply shrugged his shoulders; he was odiously unsympathetic.

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    E. F. Benson

British Dictionary definitions for odiously


  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 odiously



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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