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invidious adj : containing or implying a slight or showing prejudice; "discriminatory attitudes and practices"; "invidious comparisons" [syn: discriminatory]

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From invidiōsus < invidia "envy, ill will" < in- "upon" + videō "I see".



  1. Envious; causing or arising from envy.
  2. Enviable; desirable.
  3. Prompted by or expressing or adapted to excite envious dislike or ill will; offensively or unfairly discriminating.
    The professor made invidious distinctions based only on his own whim.
  4. Hateful; odious; detestable.

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