adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin odiosus, from odium Date: 14th century arousing or deserving hatred or repugnance ; hateful <
an odious crime
a false and odious comparison
odiously adverbodiousness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • odious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ extremely unpleasant; repulsive. DERIVATIVES odiously adverb odiousness noun. ORIGIN from Latin odium hatred …   English terms dictionary

  • odious — [ō′dē əs] adj. [OFr odieus < L odiosus < odium, hatred: see ODIUM] arousing or deserving hatred or loathing; disgusting; offensive SYN. HATEFUL odiously adv. odiousness n …   English World dictionary

  • odious — [[t]o͟ʊdiəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe people or things as odious, you think that they are extremely unpleasant. Herr Schmidt is certainly the most odious man I have ever met... The judge described the crime as odious …   English dictionary

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