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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
After performing an odious act at the funeral for Dorcas, Violet finds herself at the door of Dorcas’s aunt, Alice Manfred (Michele Shay).
But the mere fact that such an odious piece of legislation could pass the House speaks volumes about the priorities of the ruling party and the lengths to which many Republican lawmakers will go to please rich benefactors.
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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").
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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