Origin of odiousOld French odieus from Classical Latin odiosus from odium, hatred: see odium
This is odious.
An example of odious is the taste of rotten milk.
- Arousing or deserving hatred or strong dislike. See Synonyms at hateful.
- Extremely unpleasant; repulsive: an odious smell. See Synonyms at offensive.
Origin of odiousMiddle English from Old French odieus from Latin odiōsus from odium hatred ; see odium .
(comparative more odious, superlative most odious)
- Nouns to which "odious" is often applied: debt, man, character, crime, task, comparison, woman, person, vice, word, act.
Via French odieux, "odious", from Latin odiosus, from odium, "hate", -osus, "-ous", from odisse, "to hate".
odious - Legal Definition
- He had to repay the odious debt to the Council.
- Occasionally they appear in odious positions.
- His attention turned to the odious favor.
- At Palermo the Sicilians struggled hard to establish a republic in place of the odious government of an alien dynasty.
- The odious vice of bell-ringing he renounced; but he still for a time ventured to go to the church tower and look on while others pulled the ropes.