invidious

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Etymology[edit]

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

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invidious ‎(comparative more invidious, superlative most invidious)

  1. (of a distinction) offensively or unfairly discriminating
    • 1891, Henry James, The Marriages.
      "Yes, you must have a lot of places," the Colonel observed, looking at her shining raiment with a sort of invidious directness.
  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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  • invidious in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911