: tending to cause discontent, animosity, or envy <the invidious task of arbitration>
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
- The boss made invidious distinctions between employees.
- <inevitably, his remarkable success attracted the invidious attention of the other sales representatives>
Origin of INVIDIOUS
envious, invidious, from invidia
envy — more at envy
First Known Use: 1606
Learn More About INVIDIOUS
Seen & Heard
What made you want to look up invidious? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).