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[oh-dee-uh s] /ˈoʊ di əs/
deserving or causing hatred; hateful; detestable.
highly offensive; repugnant; disgusting.
Origin of odious
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin odiōsus, equivalent to od(ium) hatred, odium + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
odiously, adverb
odiousness, noun
unodious, adjective
unodiously, adverb
unodiousness, noun
Can be confused
1. abominable, objectionable, despicable, execrable. See hateful. 2. loathsome, repellent, repulsive.
1. attractive, lovable. Unabridged
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  • She learned the rough work of the household, the odious labors of the kitchen.
  • He expected odious solitary scavengers but instead found sophisticated hunters living in complex clans.
  • The war would be repulsive because the leader was odious.
  • My only surprise is that this odious group hasn't yet managed to cause many more atrocities.
  • Hill privately has let it be known that it drives him nuts to be portrayed as aiding and abetting such an odious crowd.
  • And he turns questions about his odious personal behavior into mock outrage over the audacity of the questioner.
  • In a free society, such monitoring is odious and unnecessary.
  • There are more odious restrictions than this, but they are too long to list here.
  • Moving a body with such odious intentions is a serious crime deserving of an elevated penalty.
  • As foreign trade and influence increased, so did the taxes, especially the odious request to cut sandalwood.
British Dictionary definitions for odious


offensive; repugnant
Derived Forms
odiously, adverb
odiousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin; see odium
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Word Origin and History for odious

late 14c., from Anglo-French odious, from Old French odieus (late 14c., Modern French odieux) or directly from Latin odiosus "hateful, offensive, unpleasant," from odium "hatred" (see odium).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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