Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being odious; hatefulness; the quality that deserves or may excite hatred, disgust, or repugnance; the state of being hated or loathed: as, the odiousness of sin.
- n. uncountable The condition of being odious
- n. countable An odious thing
- n. the quality of being offensive
“An audit commission could examine public debt for its legality, legitimacy, odiousness and social sustainability, providing grounds for its cancellation.”
“And the reason is, his--I think that people may perceive a certain odiousness about his foreign-policy views.”
“For odiousness, it somehow surpasses even this week's other Olympic-related news, that the government has forked out almost £750,000 on corporate hospitality tickets for the Games.”
“Indeed, the need in the business community for good and accurate information about the world situation is one of the reasons that, for all of the frequent odiousness of their editorial lines, papers like The Financial Times, the Economist, and the Wall Street Journal have very, very good reportorial divisions.”
“Indeed, that was a problem early in the case when one of the attorneys withdrew precisely because of the crime's odiousness.”
“While Harman may rank even worse than Specter or Lincoln on scales of odiousness, Harman's challenger Marcy Winograd is far more progressive than Joe Sestak (who beat Specter) and Bill Halter (Lincoln's surging foe).”
“But, odiousness of perceived audible bias at NPR notwithstanding, the Morning Edition segment on the presidential candidates 'forum at the Firefighters Union convention astounded me.”
“Then it wouldn't have this history of odiousness.”
“One really shouldn't engage in atrocity one-upmanship, but it's arguable that compared with such more famous current and recent fugitives as Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, Karadzic, wins the odiousness sweepstakes.”
“I think they actively cultivate a culture of preening odiousness here, and they get off on other people's getting turned off by it.”
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