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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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  • They had an unhealthy look, sallow and pale, and they were odiously precocious.

    The Trembling of a Leaf William Somerset Maugham
  • "Not yet awhile," said he, in a voice so odiously sweet that Garnache caught his breath.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • I'm sure you mean to be odiously rude, but to my taste it's a great compliment.

  • He had simply shrugged his shoulders; he was odiously unsympathetic.

    Mammon and Co. E. F. Benson
  • As it happened, they had just tittered behind their fans over the odiously vulgar, but undeniably appropriate—yes!

    The Passionate Elopement Compton Mackenzie
  • For Michael it was a strange and odiously embarrassing experience.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 Compton Mackenzie
  • In the life of a country house a number of practical jokes are considered admissible, some of them odiously treacherous.

    Parisians in the Country Honore de Balzac
  • "That is the most odiously aristocratic belief," said Oglethorpe.

    The Third Violet Stephen Crane
  • They are so rich, so odiously rich, that you never can forget it.

    The Guinea Stamp Annie S. Swan
British Dictionary definitions for odiously


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



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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