Invidious In*vid"i*ous, a. [L. invidiosus, fr. invidia envy. See {Envy}, and cf. {Envious}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Envious; malignant. [Obs.] --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

2. Worthy of envy; desirable; enviable. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Such a person appeareth in a far more honorable and invidious state than any prosperous man. --Barrow. [1913 Webster]

3. Likely to or intended to incur or produce ill will, or to provoke envy or resentment; hateful; offensive; as, invidious distinctions. [1913 Webster]

Agamemnon found it an invidious affair to give the preference to any one of the Grecian heroes. --Broome. -- {In*vid"i*ous*ly}, adv. -- {In*vid"i*ous*ness}, n.

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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