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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
Your nervous system evolved to withstand periodic bouts of stress, such as fleeing from a tiger, taking a punch or encountering an odious idea in a university lecture.
Anyhow, McConnell and Co. may find a means of getting their odious, unpopular bill signed into law, yet.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., writing for the majority, said unjustified government discrimination against churches and other religious institutions is odious and unconstitutional.
Perhaps most odious is Roberts’s decision to compare the case to an old Maryland law barring Jews from holding public office.
Rowling's rags-to-riches story is much like the central tale of Harry Potter: An orphaned baby, Potter is taken in by an odious aunt and uncle and spends his childhood trying to escape the fat fists of his spoiled cousin Dudley.
Other decorations are equally odious and along the way have attracted a large audience, including President Trump.
The constitution doesn’t protect his right to belong to a private gym that finds his political and social views dangerous and odious.
After performing an odious act at the funeral for Dorcas, Violet finds herself at the door of Dorcas’s aunt, Alice Manfred (Michele Shay).
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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").
ODIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of odious for English Language Learners
: causing hatred or strong dislike
ODIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of odious for Students
: causing hatred or strong dislike : worthy of hatred
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