from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Tending to rouse ill will, animosity, or resentment: invidious accusations.
- adj. Containing or implying a slight; discriminatory: invidious distinctions.
- adj. Envious.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. offensively or unfairly discriminating
- adj. causing ill will towards the actor; causing offense.
- adj. causing envy or ill will towards the possessor
- adj. envious, jealous
- adj. Hateful; odious; detestable
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Envious; malignant.
- adj. Worthy of envy; desirable; enviable.
- adj. Likely to or intended to incur or produce ill will, or to provoke envy or resentment; hateful; offensive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Envious; causing or arising from envy.
- Enviable; desirable.
- Prompted by or expressing or adapted to excite envious dislike or ill will; offensively or unfairly discriminating: as, invidious distinctions or comparisons.
- Hence Hateful; odious; detestable.
- Synonyms Invidious, Offensive. Invidious, having lost its subjective sense of envious, now means producing or likely to produce ill feeling because bringing persons or their belongings into contrast with others in an unjust or mortifying way: as, an invidious comparison or distinction. The ill feeling thus produced would be not envy, but resentment, on account of wounded pride. Offensive is a general word, covering invidious and all other words characterizing that which gives offense.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. containing or implying a slight or showing prejudice
From Latin invidiōsus, envious, hostile, from invidia, envy; see envy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin invidiōsus, from invidia ("envy, ill will"), from in- ("upon") + videō ("I see"). (Wiktionary)