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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
Recent Examples of odious from the Web
Almost every reputable restaurant in America maintains a blacklist of customers too odious to be seated among polite company—and the entire Trump administration should be on every last one of them.
That pivot layers complexity on an initially odious character, and returns to the season’s central theme of coming to terms with family strife in a way that feels organic, but is clearly the product of Coker’s skillful engineering.
Viewers have seen his odious, pompous side and whip-fast dialogue in characters like Sherlock Holmes and Marvel's Doctor Strange, but in Melrose his abrasiveness is defensive, and his bad behavior (at points) drug-fueled.
Instead of making Iran look like a diplomacy-loving victim of American unilateralism, Tehran would have to defend its odious Syria policy.
There might be a case for avoiding contaminating the American flag with the emblem of an odious regime if it is done for purely gratuitous reasons.
Most of the speakers at the April meeting did not respond to STAT’s request to discuss how best to honor the undeniable contributions of a scientist who has made odious, scientifically unsupported arguments about race and gender.
But it’s especially striking to recognize the fashion of odious characters and be reminded that our own clothing is inherently political.
Some people feel creeped out being tracked by advertisers or co-opted by odious political causes, but can’t put a price on those feelings.
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The Origin of odious
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").
abhorrent, abominable, appalling, awful, disgusting, distasteful, dreadful, evil, foul, fulsome, gross, hideous, horrendous, horrible, horrid, loathsome, nasty, nauseating, nauseous, noisome, noxious, obnoxious, obscene, offensive, rancid, repellent (also repellant), repugnant, repulsive, revolting, scandalous, shocking, sickening, ugly;
acceptable, agreeable, alluring, appealing, attractive, blessed (also blest), desirable, enjoyable, felicitous, gratifying, heavenly, inviting, likable (or likeable), luscious, nice, palatable, pleasant, pleasing, pleasurable, satisfying, savory (also savoury), sweet, welcome;
ODIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of odious for English Language Learners
: causing hatred or strong dislike
ODIOUS Defined for Kids
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