Invidious meaning

ĭn-vĭdē-əs
Offensive and unfair.

Invidious distinctions.

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The definition of invidious is something that is likely to cause anger, or something that is unjust or unfair.

An example of an invidious behavior is behavior that is likely to make others around you mad.

An example of invidious actions are discriminatory actions where one person is treated unfairly as compared to others.

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(of a distinction) Offensively or unfairly discriminating.

The professor made invidious distinctions based only on his own whim.

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Tending to rouse ill will, animosity, or resentment.

Invidious accusations.

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(archaic) Envious.
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(obs.) Envious.
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(of an action or task) Causing ill will towards the actor; causing offense.
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(of a thing) Causing envy or ill will towards the possessor.
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Origin of invidious

  • Latin invidiōsus envious, hostile from invidia envy envy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary