adjective odi·ous \ˈō-dē-əs\

: causing hatred or strong dislike

Full Definition of ODIOUS

:  arousing or deserving hatred or repugnance :  hateful <an odious crime> <a false and odious comparison>
odi·ous·ly adverb
odi·ous·ness noun

Examples of ODIOUS

  1. It was one of the most odious crimes of recent history.
  2. <an odious and unforgivable insult>
  3. 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

Origin of ODIOUS

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin odiosus, from odium (see odium)
First Known Use: 14th century
ODIOUSLY Defined for Kids


adjective odi·ous \ˈō-dē-əs\

Definition of ODIOUS for Kids

:  causing hatred or strong dislike :  worthy of hatred


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