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in·vid·i·ous

 (ĭn-vĭd′ē-əs)
adj.
1. Tending to rouse ill will, animosity, or resentment: invidious accusations.
2. Offensive and unfair: invidious distinctions.
3. Archaic Envious.

[Latin invidiōsus, envious, hostile, from invidia, envy; see envy.]

in·vid′i·ous·ly adv.

invidious

(ɪnˈvɪdɪəs)
adj
1. incurring or tending to arouse resentment, unpopularity, etc: an invidious task.
2. (of comparisons or distinctions) unfairly or offensively discriminating
3. obsolete grudging; envious
[C17: from Latin invidiōsus full of envy, from invidia envy]
inˈvidiously adv
inˈvidiousness n

in•vid•i•ous

(ɪnˈvɪd i əs)

adj.
1. calculated to create ill will; causing resentment or envy.
2. offensively or unfairly discriminating; injurious: invidious comparisons.
3. Obs. envious.
[1600–10; < Latin invidiōsus, derivative of invidi(a) envy]
in•vid′i•ous•ly, adv.
in•vid′i•ous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.invidious - containing or implying a slight or showing prejudice; "discriminatory attitudes and practices"; "invidious comparisons"
unfavorable, unfavourable - not encouraging or approving or pleasing; "unfavorable conditions"; "an unfavorable comparison"; "unfavorable comments", "unfavorable impression"

invidious

adjective
1. undesirable, unpleasant, hateful, thankless He's in the invidious position of having to break the bad news.
undesirable pleasant, desirable, pleasing
2. unfair, unjust, unjustified, inequitable It is invidious to make a selection.

invidious

adjective
1. Damaging to the reputation:
Law: libelous.
2. Resentfully or painfully desirous of another's advantages:
Translations

invidious

[ɪnˈvɪdɪəs] ADJ [job, task] → odioso, ingrato; [comparison] → injusto
I find myself in an invidious positionme encuentro en una situación ingrata
it would be invidious to mention namessería inapropiado mencionar nombres

invidious

[ɪnˈvɪdiəs] adj
[comparison] → indu(e)
We should guard against invidious comparisons with Scotland Yard → Nous devrions nous garder de toute comparaison indue avec Scotland Yard.
[task] → peu enviable
(= awkward) [position] → peu enviable
to be put in an invidious position → être placé dans une position peu enviable

invidious

adj remarkgehässig, boshaft; task, positionunerfreulich, unangenehm; behaviour, conductgemein; distinctions, comparison, discriminationungerecht; it would be invidious to …es wäre ungerecht, zu …

invidious

[ɪnˈvɪdɪəs] adj (comparison) → ingiusto/a; (task) → poco invidiabile, antipatico/a; (choice) → imbarazzante, difficile
References in classic literature ?
But, in after days, when the frenzy of that hideous epoch had subsided, it was remembered how loudly Colonel Pyncheon had joined in the general cry, to purge the land from witchcraft; nor did it fail to be whispered, that there was an invidious acrimony in the zeal with which he had sought the condemnation of Matthew Maule.
But the rich man--not to make any invidious comparison--is always sold to the institution which makes him rich.
But all suppositions of this kind are invidious, and ought to be banished from the consideration of the great question before the people.
Distrust naturally creates distrust, and by nothing is good-will and kind conduct more speedily changed than by invidious jealousies and uncandid imputations, whether expressed or implied.
The idea is too gross and too invidious to be entertained.
The present party of Crows, however, evinced nothing of the invidious character for which they are renowned.
Newman had come out of the war with a brevet of brigadier-general, an honor which in this case--without invidious comparisons--had lighted upon shoulders amply competent to bear it.
The heiress of Henry Allegre, who could secure neither obscurity nor any other alleviation to that invidious position, looked as if she would speak to Blunt from a distance; but in a moment the confident eagerness of her face died out as if killed by a sudden thought.
Either the change in the quality of the air from heavy to light, or the sense of being amid new scenes where there were no invidious eyes upon her, sent up her spirits wonderfully.
And this was the only allusion that the young man was ever to hear her make to his invidious kinswoman.
To talk of bravery when one speaks of that war," the General remarked, "seems invidious, for it is my belief that throughout the whole of the Japanese army such a thing as fear did not exist.
We didn't chum with the other girls, who called us little cannibals, just because we came from the Sandwich Islands, and who made invidious remarks about our ancestors banqueting on Captain Cook--which was historically untrue, and, besides, our ancestors hadn't lived in Hawaii.