• WordNet 3.6
    • adj invidious containing or implying a slight or showing prejudice "discriminatory attitudes and practices","invidious comparisons"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Invidious Envious; malignant.
    • Invidious Likely to or intended to incur or produce ill will, or to provoke envy or resentment; hateful; offensive; as, invidious distinctions. "Agamemnon found it an invidious affair to give the preference to any one of the Grecian heroes."
    • Invidious Worthy of envy; desirable; enviable. "Such a person appeareth in a far more honorable and invidious state than any prosperous man."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • invidious Envious; causing or arising from envy.
    • invidious Enviable; desirable.
    • invidious Prompted by or expressing or adapted to excite envious dislike or ill will; offensively or unfairly discriminating: as, invidious distinctions or comparisons.
    • invidious Hence Hateful; odious; detestable.
    • invidious Synonyms Invidious, Offensive. Invidious, having lost its subjective sense of envious, now means producing or likely to produce ill feeling because bringing persons or their belongings into contrast with others in an unjust or mortifying way: as, an invidious comparison or distinction. The ill feeling thus produced would be not envy, but resentment, on account of wounded pride. Offensive is a general word, covering invidious and all other words characterizing that which gives offense.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Invidious in-vid′i-us likely to incur or provoke ill-will: likely to excite envy, enviable: offensively discriminating
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. invidiosus, fr. invidia, envy. See Envy, and cf. Envious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. invidiosusinvidia, envy.


In literature:

It would be invidious to give the answer.
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor" by Various
Lastly, there is the most invidious of all these accusations, namely, that which concerns the dowry.
"The Apologia and Florida of Apuleius of Madaura" by Lucius Apuleius
It would be invidious to blame it when the whole social scheme is equally wrong and contemptible.
"The Crack of Doom" by Robert Cromie
But there was no one else to whom I could leave the performance of this invidious task, as a matter of course.
"The Fixed Period" by Anthony Trollope
Egoism does not necessarily imply the invidious stigma of selfishness.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
There is nothing invidious in my saying this, and in this way.
"The Martian" by George Du Maurier
This invidious isolation blasted Zygmunt's youth and affected his whole career.
"Kosciuszko" by Monica Mary Gardner
These remarks are made in no invidious spirit.
"The American Quarterly Review, No. 17, March 1831" by Various
I speak in no invidious spirit.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
To name a few of the devoted would be invidious to the many.
"Shadow and Light" by Mifflin Wistar Gibbs

In poetry:

A little space, for me to prove
My boundless flame, my endless love;
And, like the train of vulgar hours,
Invidious Time that space devours.
"Song IX. - The fatal hours are wondrous near" by William Shenstone
He never did invidiously reserve,
Whatever thou didst earnestly request,
Tho' at his hands thou never didst deserve
The very crumbs, wherewith thou hast been blest.
"How A Person Ought To Rouse Up Both Body And Soul, In The Dead Of Night, To Praise His God " by Rees Prichard
"Thou know'st how, lingering on a distant shore,
Disease invidious nipt my flowery prime;
And, oh, what pangs my tender bosom tore,
To think I ne'er must view my native clime!
"Elegy XXII. Written in the Year ----, When the Rights of Sepulture Were So Frequently Violated" by William Shenstone
Bleak, joyless regions! where, by Science fired,
Some prying sage his lonely step may bend;
There, by the love of novel plants inspired,
Invidious view the clambering goats ascend.
"Elegy XXI. Taking a View of the Country From His Retirement" by William Shenstone
When beauty and elegance court my applause,
My mind an invidious comparison draws ;
No sweetness or grace in their smiles I discern
When I think of those smiles that will never return.
"On Hearing The Sound Of Music At A Distance" by Laura Sophia Temple
We count him wise,
Timoleon, who in Syracuse laid down
That gleaming bait of all men's eyes,
And for his cottage changed the invidious crown;
Moving serenely through his grayhair'd day
'Mid vines and olives gray.
"At Hursley In Marden" by Francis Turner Palgrave

In news:

Invidi secures another addressable ad patent.
Fandango 's former CEO joins Invidi's advisory board.
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No, there is not an armed rebellion going on, but, oh, is there a war—a silent, insidious, invidious, nefarious, absolutely downright ugly war.
No, there is not an armed rebellion going on, but, oh, is there a war – a silent, insidious, invidious, nefarious, absolutely downright ugly war.