odious


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Related to odious: Odious debt, Oedipus

odious

arousing hatred; abhorrent; repugnant; abominable; loathsome, detestable: an odious pedophile
Not to be confused with:
odorous – having a distinctive odor; smelly: an odorous stockyard

o·di·ous

 (ō′dē-əs)
adj.
1. Arousing or deserving hatred or strong dislike. See Synonyms at hateful.
2. Extremely unpleasant; repulsive: an odious smell. See Synonyms at offensive.

[Middle English, from Old French odieus, from Latin odiōsus, from odium, hatred; see odium.]

o′di·ous·ly adv.
o′di·ous·ness n.

odious

(ˈəʊdɪəs)
adj
offensive; repugnant
[C17: from Latin; see odium]
ˈodiously adv
ˈodiousness n

o•di•ous

(ˈoʊ di əs)

adj.
1. deserving or causing hatred; hateful; detestable.
2. highly offensive; repugnant; disgusting.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin odiōsus=odi(um) hatred, odium + -ōsus -ous]
o′di•ous•ly, adv.
o′di•ous•ness, n.
syn: See hateful.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.odious - unequivocally detestableodious - unequivocally detestable; "abominable treatment of prisoners"; "detestable vices"; "execrable crimes"; "consequences odious to those you govern"- Edmund Burke
hateful - evoking or deserving hatred; "no vice is universally as hateful as ingratitude"- Joseph Priestly

odious

odious

adjective
Translations
مَمْقوت، مَكْروه، شَنيع
ógeîslegur
atstumiantis
nejaukspretīgsriebīgs

odious

[ˈəʊdɪəs] ADJ [person, task] → odioso, detestable; [behaviour, crime] → detestable; [comparison] → odioso

odious

[ˈəʊdiəs] adjodieux/euse, détestable

odious

adj personabstoßend, ekelhaft; actionabscheulich, verabscheuenswürdig; an odious personein Ekel nt; what an odious thing to saywie abscheulich, so etwas zu sagen; to make odious comparisonshässliche Vergleiche machen

odious

[ˈəʊdɪəs] adjodioso/a

odious

(ˈəudiəs) adjective
hateful; disgusting. She is an odious young woman.
ˈodiously adverb
ˈodiousness noun
References in classic literature ?
This insistence in using the odious word arises from the fact that a particularly benighted landsman must imagine the act of anchoring as a process of throwing something overboard, whereas the anchor ready for its work is already overboard, and is not thrown over, but simply allowed to fall.
For I have already told the reader how much I was pestered by these odious animals, upon my first arrival; and I afterwards failed very narrowly, three or four times, of falling into their clutches, when I happened to stray at any distance without my hanger.
The wife of the "odious person" was witless and fatuously conceited.
The baroness had been tolerably composed until the name of Villefort had been pronounced; but then she became pale, and, rising, as if touched by a spring, she stretched out her hands as though conjuring an apparition; she then took two or three steps towards her husband, as though to tear the secret from him, of which he was ignorant, or which he withheld from some odious calculation, -- odious, as all his calculations were.
Therefore, a prince who has a strong city, and had not made himself odious, will not be attacked, or if any one should attack he will only be driven off with disgrace; again, because that the affairs of this world are so changeable, it is almost impossible to keep an army a whole year in the field without being interfered with.
The mass of masonry which served as foundation to the odious edifice was hollow.
There is a fine avenue of a mile long leading to the house, and the woman at the lodge-gate (over the pillars of which are a serpent and a dove, the supporters of the Crawley arms), made us a number of curtsies as she flung open the old iron carved doors, which are something like those at odious Chiswick.
"And how is Herr Razumov?" sounded the greeting in German, by that alone made more odious to the object of the affable recognition.
'Yes, because it's so dull here: but then he makes it still duller by taking himself off: and if he were not married I might have him instead of that odious Sir Thomas.'
And therefore Montaigne saith prettily, when he inquired the reason, why the word of the lie should be such a disgrace, and such an odious charge?
He knew the nature of that good man to be so averse to any baseness or treachery, that the least attempt of such a kind would make the sight of the guilty person for ever odious to his eyes, and his name a detestable sound in his ears.
They cast their eye down into the fountain: and now glanceth up to me their odious smile out of the fountain.