Definition of invidious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪnˈvɪdiəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvɪdiəs//
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unpleasant and unfair; likely to offend somebody or make them jealous We were in the invidious position of having to choose whether to break the law or risk lives. It would be invidious to single out any one person to thank. Union leaders called the new rules ‘invidious and divisive’. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin invidiosus, from invidia, from invidere ‘regard maliciously, grudge’, from in- ‘into’ + videre ‘to see’.
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