invidious

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EtymologyEdit

Latin invidiōsus, from invidia (envy, ill will), from in- (upon) + videō (I see).

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AdjectiveEdit

invidious (comparative more invidious, superlative most invidious)

  1. (of a distinction) offensively or unfairly discriminating
    The professor made invidious distinctions based only on his own whim.
  2. (of an action or task) causing ill will towards the actor; causing offense.
  3. (of a thing) causing envy or ill will towards the possessor
  4. envious, jealous
  5. (obsolete) Hateful; odious; detestable

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ReferencesEdit

  • invidious in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
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