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invidious

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adjective in·vid·i·ous \in-ˈvi-dē-əs\

Simple Definition of invidious

  • : unpleasant and likely to cause bad feelings in other people

Full Definition of invidious

  1. 1 :  tending to cause discontent, animosity, or envy <the invidious task of arbitration>

  2. 2 :  envious

  3. 3 a :  of an unpleasant or objectionable nature :  obnoxious <invidious remarks> b :  of a kind to cause harm or resentment <an invidious comparison>

in·vid·i·ous·ly adverb
in·vid·i·ous·ness noun

Examples of invidious

  1. The boss made invidious distinctions between employees.

  2. <inevitably, his remarkable success attracted the invidious attention of the other sales representatives>



Origin of invidious

Latin invidiosus envious, invidious, from invidia envy — more at envy


First Known Use: 1606

Rhymes with invidious



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