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odious

[oh-dee-uh s] /ˈoʊ di əs/
adjective
1.
deserving or causing hatred; hateful; detestable.
2.
highly offensive; repugnant; disgusting.
Origin of odious
1350-1400
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
Synonyms
1. abominable, objectionable, despicable, execrable. See hateful. 2. loathsome, repellent, repulsive.
Antonyms
1. attractive, lovable.
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  • The chief had come forward with that odious smiling face of his.

  • You must, you will, I doubt, be sacrificed to this odious man.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • From this odious ruling an appeal was taken to the royal council; whereupon Palafox despatched three letters to the Pope.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell
  • As to this odious Solmes, I wonder not at your aversion to him.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Darby had dared to throw down a very imposing card-edifice, and for the moment the fellow was odious to him.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for odious

odious

/ˈəʊdɪəs/
adjective
1.
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
adj.

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).

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