Simple Definition of odious
: causing hatred or strong dislike
Examples of odious in a sentence
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
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
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
It was one of the most odious crimes of recent history.
<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
Definition of odious for Students
: causing hatred or strong dislike : worthy of hatred
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