invidious

adjective in·vid·i·ous \ in-ˈvi-dē-əs \

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

invidiously

adverb

invidiousness

noun

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Examples of invidious in a Sentence

  1. The boss made invidious distinctions between employees.

  2. inevitably, his remarkable success attracted the invidious attention of the other sales representatives

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Did You Know?

Fittingly, "invidious" is a relative of "envy." Both are descendants of "invidia," the Latin word for "envy," which in turn comes from invidēre, meaning "to look askance at or "to envy." ("Invidious" descends from "invidia" by way of the Latin adjective invidiosus, meaning "envious, whereas "envy" comes to English via the Anglo-French noun envie.) These days, however, "invidious" is rarely used as a synonym for "envious." The preferred uses are primarily pejorative, describing things that are unpleasant (such as "invidious choices" and "invidious tasks") or worthy of scorn ("invidious remarks" or "invidious comparisons").

Origin and Etymology of invidious

Latin invidiosus envious, invidious, from invidia envy — more at envy


INVIDIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

invidious

adjective

Definition of invidious for English Language Learners

  • : unpleasant and likely to cause bad feelings in other people


Law Dictionary

invidious

adjective in·vid·i·ous \ in-ˈvi-dē-əs \

legal Definition of invidious

:of, relating to, or being discrimination that arises from the creation of a classification that is arbitrary, irrational, or capricious and not related to a legitimate purpose

invidiously

adverb

invidiousness

noun


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