odious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj odious unequivocally detestable "abominable treatment of prisoners","detestable vices","execrable crimes","consequences odious to those you govern"- Edmund Burke"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Odious Causing or provoking hatred, repugnance, or disgust; offensive; disagreeable; repulsive; as, an odious sight; an odious smell. "The odious side of that polity."
    • Odious Hateful; deserving or receiving hatred; as, an odious name, system, vice. "All wickedness will be most odious .""He rendered himself odious to the Parliament."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • odious Hateful or deserving of hatred; offensive; disgusting; causing or exciting hatred, dislike, disgust, or repugnance; repulsive; disagreeable; unpleasant: as, an odious person; an odious sight or smell.
    • odious Hated; regarded with aversion or repugnance; obnoxious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Odious ō′di-us hateful: offensive: repulsive: causing hatred
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Quotations

  • Claude D. Pepper
    Claude D. Pepper
    “Ageism is as odious as racism and sexism.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “Comparisons are odious.”
  • Virginia Woolf
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    “To depend upon a profession is a less odious form of slavery than to depend upon a father.”
  • Mark Twain
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    “Scientists have odious manners, except when you prop up their theory; then you can borrow money of them.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. odiosus, from odium, hatred: cf. F. odieux,. See Odium
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—odi, to hate.

Usage

In literature:

There was the widow's cap, generally so hideous, so well known to the eyes of all men, so odious to womanhood.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
When Hamilton continued to press his odious pretensions they quarrelled (1765), and Burke threw up his pension.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
Everything's odious, down to living in a hole with one's girls who don't marry.
"The Tragic Muse" by Henry James
Certainly if anything can be more odious than a living tax, it is a dead one.
"The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by John Morley
You perhaps are yet not old enough to have learnt how odious are comparisons.
"The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan" by James Morier
It seemed so petty, so odious to her, brought up as she had been in a family where money was never thought of any importance.
"The works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 5 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant 1850-1893
He used all imaginable endeavors to render me odious.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
To lose this place is a matter of no importance; and we can see whether I am really so odious.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
To me such men as Mr. Chaffanbrass and his comrades are odious.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
To him who hath seen much, there is little left but comparison, and are not comparisons universally odious?
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
Why, O my God, is a relapse so odious to thee?
"Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions" by John Donne
Yes, the devil wished to make the rosary odious to you by crushing you with it.
"En Route" by J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
Llanfeare had become odious to her and terrible!
"Cousin Henry" by Anthony Trollope
The most odious persecution daily took place.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
The newspaper was as odious to the government in one province as in the other.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
He was a monster who had made himself odious to the followers of Clarke.
"Stories Of Georgia" by Joel Chandler Harris
How odious things are!
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
He might have saved her from the "odious vulgarity" of that "abominable old wretch.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
He leaned on it with odious familiarity and grinned.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
The son of Urbain de la Mariniere, a notorious example of two odious things, republicanism and opportunism!
"Angelot" by Eleanor Price
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In poetry:

He little knew the sly penurious art;
That odious art which Fortune's favourites know:
Form'd to bestow, he felt the warmest heart,
But envious Fate forbade him to bestow.
"Elegy III. On the Untimely Death of a Certain Learned Acquainance" by William Shenstone
Ah me! I see him on the cliff!
Farewell, farewell to hope,
If he should look this way, and if
He's got his telescope!
To whatsoever place I flee,
My odious rival follows me!
"Size And Tears" by Lewis Carroll
But many a man will from his bed arise,
More heedless than the songsters of the air,
Or swine, that grunting leave their odious styes,
Nor thank him for his providential care.
"A Warning, Or Admonition, To Every Man, To Think On God In The Morning" by Rees Prichard
How they buzz, those odious flies,
Upon the hazels clust'ring!
And as odious are the lies
Of those slanderers blust'ring.
Hatred stirred between us two
Shows the evil they can do.
"Against Listening To Slanderers" by Confucius
Though thou shou'dst pray against that odious sin,
If thou dost not the dire temptation shun;
Thy pray'r to thee will not be worth a pin,
Because thou didst not from the tavern run.
"Advice To The Drunkard" by Rees Prichard
Perhaps you’re going out to dine,—­
Some odious creature begs
You’ll hear about the cannon-ball
That carried off his pegs,
And says it is a dreadful thing
For men to lose their legs.
"The Music-Grinders" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

It was an "odious, deadly subject" to the usually mild-mannered Charles Darwin.
You're competing with many fellow apes for a precious few sources of acceptable sustenance, rushing to, rushing through, rushing back to whatever odious treadmill you were on in the first place.
As expected, a Federal judge has rejected Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's attempt to withhold funds from the Brooklyn Museum of Art for exhibiting the odious Sensation exhibition.
Even the most odious deserve fair play .
Even the most odious deserve fair play.
The Odious Musings of Gunter Grass .
1 million grant to city an odious bureaucratic mess.
Dismantling the GOP's Odious Philosophy of Voter Suppression.
Qaradawi's Odious Vision The "Arab Spring" and the treason of the intellectuals.
The Odious Musings of Gunter Grass.
Odious ally yet crucial crony, a man who could get things done, schooled in the murky political machinations of Afghanistan , power-broker in its shadowlands.
A three-judge panel of the conservative 2nd Circuit Court has struck down the odious Defense of Marriage Act on a 2-1 vote.
A clan contest to choose her husband proves odious, so Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) flees into the forest, where a witch grants her a wish.
Today the Senate voted 65-31 to repeal the odious "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
Let's analyze the latest illogical ruling by the odious John Roberts-led Supreme Court.
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