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odious (ˈəʊdɪəs Pronunciation for odious



  1. offensive; repugnant

Derived Forms

ˈodiously adverb
ˈodiousness noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin; see odium

Example Sentences Including 'odious'

A phrase from a letter, an odious letter: `Son of your own brother, Anthony Marvell.
Townsend, Eileen In Love and War
But, with respect, Saddam Hussein, odious as he was, posed no direct threat to the United States.
Globe and Mail (2003)
If comparisons between the siblings are as inevitable as they are odious , it must be said that Mat had it much easier than the young'un.
Business Today (1998)
Not to French President Jacques Chirac who was ``horrified by this odious attack '.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2004)
There's an odious man, a Nazi official, quite senior in Himmler's SS, that sort of thing.
Townsend, Eileen In Love and War
We knew he was up there on the top floor; we were well in with his odious crew.
Jon Snow SHOOTING HISTORY: A Personal Journey (2004)
What has he done but forced himself upon us and made himself especially odious to me?
Holt, Victoria The Road to Paradise Island


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