invidious

  • 1 Invidious — In*vid i*ous, a. [L. invidiosus, fr. invidia envy. See {Envy}, and cf. {Envious}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Envious; malignant. [Obs.] Evelyn. [1913 Webster] 2. Worthy of envy; desirable; enviable. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Such a person appeareth in a far… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 invidious — in·vid·i·ous /in vi dē əs/ adj: of, relating to, or being discrimination that arises from the creation of a classification that is arbitrary, irrational, or capricious and not related to a legitimate purpose in·vid·i·ous·ly adv in·vid·i·ous·ness… …

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  • 3 invidious — [in vid′ē əs] adj. [L invidiosus < invidia: see ENVY] 1. a) such as to excite ill will, odium, or envy; giving offense b) giving offense by discriminating unfairly [invidious comparisons] 2. Obs. envious invidiously adv. invidiousness …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 invidious — c.1600, from L. invidiosus full of envy, envious, from invidia envy, grudge, jealousy, ill will (see ENVY (Cf. envy)). Related: Invidiously; invidiousness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 invidious — distasteful, obnoxious, *repugnant, repellent, abhorrent Analogous words: *hateful, odious, abominable, detestable: Offensive, loathsome, revolting, repulsive Contrasted words: agreeable, gratifying, grateful, pleasing, *pleasant: attractive,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 invidious — [adj] hateful abominable, calumnious, defamatory, detestable, detracting, detractive, detractory, discriminatory, envious, envying, green eyed*, jealous, libelous, maligning, obnoxious, odious, offensive, repugnant, scandalous, slanderous,… …

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  • 7 invidious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ unacceptable, unfair, and likely to arouse resentment or anger in others. DERIVATIVES invidiously adverb invidiousness noun. ORIGIN Latin invidiosus, from invidia hostility …

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  • 8 invidious — [[t]ɪnvɪ̱diəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe a task or job as invidious, you mean that it is unpleasant because it is likely to make you unpopular. How did you manage to get yourself into this invidious position of having to reprimand others… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 invidious — adjective Etymology: Latin invidiosus envious, invidious, from invidia envy more at envy Date: 1606 1. tending to cause discontent, animosity, or envy < the invidious task of arbitration > 2. envious 3. a. of an unpleasant or objectionable nature …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 invidious — insidious, invidious Since both words involve doing or threatening harm, their closeness of form causes them to be commonly confused. Insidious (from Latin insidiae ‘ambush’) means ‘proceeding inconspicuously but harmfully’ • (An insidious form… …

    Modern English usage

  • 11 invidious — invidiously, adv. invidiousness, n. /in vid ee euhs/, adj. 1. calculated to create ill will or resentment or give offense; hateful: invidious remarks. 2. offensively or unfairly discriminating; injurious: invidious comparisons. 3. causing or… …

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  • 12 invidious — /ɪnˈvɪdiəs / (say in videeuhs) adjective 1. such as to bring odium, unpopularity, or envious dislike: an invidious honour. 2. calculated to excite ill will or resentment or give offence: invidious remarks. 3. offensively or unfairly… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 13 invidious — adjective 1) that put her in an invidious position Syn: unpleasant, awkward, difficult; undesirable, unenviable; odious, hateful, detestable Ant: pleasant 2) an invidious comparison Syn …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 invidious — adj. (of an action, conduct, attitude, etc.) likely to excite resentment or indignation against the person responsible, esp. by real or seeming injustice (an invidious position; an invidious task). Derivatives: invidiously adv. invidiousness n.… …

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  • 15 invidious — adjective /ɪnˈvɪdiəs/ a) Envious; causing or arising from envy. The professor made invidious distinctions based only on his own whim. b) Enviable; desirable. See Also: invidiously, invidiousness …

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  • 16 invidious — adj. Invidious is used with these nouns: ↑position …

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  • 17 invidious — in|vid|i|ous [ınˈvıdiəs] adj written [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: invidiosus, from invidia envy ] unpleasant, especially because it is likely to offend people or make you unpopular ▪ By innocently lying to detectives, she d put herself in… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 invidious — in|vid|i|ous [ ın vıdiəs ] adjective likely to cause problems, for example by offending people or making them feel you have not treated them fairly: invidious comparisons/choices/decisions …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 invidious —  , insidious  Invidious means unfair or likely to cause offense; insidious describes the stealthy spread of something undesirable …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 20 invidious — adjective unpleasant, especially because it is likely to offend people or make you unpopular: an invidious task invidiously adverb invidiousness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English