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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
Associate Publisher Library of America New York City Exposing Trump The magazine’s coverage of the Trump Administration is deep and insightful, as are the many cartoons about, and caricatures of, this most odious President (Cover, March 26th).
In this form, online gambling, odious and often ruinous in itself, also reduces players to isolated generators of statistics and the games and actual teams to an irrelevance.
America and its allies have supported it since the 1970s by helping underwrite the secure flow of oil, keeping sea lanes open and supporting stable regimes (however odious) in the Middle East.
The impulse is to portray this odious behavior as a strange, unpredictable, and peripheral contortion of the platforms.
As long as Americans can make that much money and support that many jobs by building instruments of death and shipping them all over the world, there’s not much chance of us ever getting out of this odious business.
Some of the most effective intelligence agencies in history have served the most odious dictatorships.
Never mind that the term is an odious nod to an isolationist and anti-immigrant movement from the last century.
It's estimated that the government spent at least $50 million of taxpayer money to investigate BALCO via a prosecution whose misconduct with regard to due process and the right to privacy was far more odious than any of Bonds's sins.
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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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