invidious


in·vid·i·ous

adjective \in-ˈvi-dē-əs\

: unpleasant and likely to cause bad feelings in other people

Full Definition of INVIDIOUS

1
:  tending to cause discontent, animosity, or envy <the invidious task of arbitration>
2
:  envious
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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