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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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  • The chief had come forward with that odious smiling face of his.

  • Ah, who was going to fall into the trap laid by an odious chance?

    The Blonde Lady Maurice Leblanc
  • 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
  • He will be odious, insufferable for all the world besides, except for me; and for me he will be heaven.'

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • 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


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).

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