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odious

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adjective odi·ous \ˈō-dē-əs\

Simple Definition of odious

  • : causing hatred or strong dislike

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of odious

  1. :  arousing or deserving hatred or repugnance :  hateful <an odious crime> <a false and odious comparison>

odiously adverb
odiousness noun

Examples of odious in a sentence

  1. Two of them—his mother Livia and his odious sister Janice—were at heart killers like himself. —Geoffrey O'Brien, New York Review of Books, 16 Aug. 2007

  2. He learned an important lesson some years ago in Panama. Manuel Antonio Noriega was too odious even for Carter, who shunned the Panamanian strongman in the run-up to the 1989 ballot there. —Jim Wooten, New York Times Magazine, 29 Jan 1995

  3. But, alas, I know the real me, the me with the soft, round stomach and the love handles, odious first cousins to the paunch. —Jack McCallum, Sports Illustrated, 30 July 1990

  4. It was one of the most odious crimes of recent history.

  5. <an odious and unforgivable insult>



Did You Know?

Odious has been with us since the days of Middle English. We borrowed it from Anglo-French, which in turn had taken it from Latin odiosus. The Latin adjective came from the noun odium, meaning "hatred." "Odium" is also an ancestor of the English verb "annoy" (another word that came to Middle English via Anglo-French). And, at the beginning of the 17th century, "odium" entered English in its unaltered form, giving us a noun meaning "hatred" or "disgrace" (as in "ideas that have incurred much odium").

Origin of odious

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin odiosus, from odium (see odium)


First Known Use: 14th century


ODIOUS Defined for Kids

odious

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adjective odi·ous \ˈō-dē-əs\

Definition of odious for Students

  1. :  causing hatred or strong dislike :  worthy of hatred





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