Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Arousing or meriting strong dislike, aversion, or intense displeasure. See Synonyms at hateful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Arousing or meriting strong dislike, aversion, or intense displeasure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Hateful; deserving or receiving hatred.
  • adj. Causing or provoking hatred, repugnance, or disgust; offensive; disagreeable; repulsive

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Hateful or deserving of hatred; offensive; disgusting; causing or exciting hatred, dislike, disgust, or repugnance; repulsive; disagreeable; unpleasant: as, an odious person; an odious sight or smell.
  • Hated; regarded with aversion or repugnance; obnoxious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. unequivocally detestable

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French odieus, from Latin odiōsus, from odium, hatred; see odium.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Via French odieux, "odious", from Latin odiosus, from odium, "hate", -osus, "-ous", from odisse, "to hate". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I guess the reason why I don't think Hannity's behavior was particularly "odious" is because I see it all the time.

    Discourse.net: Hannity = Dishonesty

  • Falwell, on the other hand, fought for repugnant causes in odious ways.

    Matthew Yglesias » Things I Did Not Know

  • Past membership in odious organizations may not be relevant in Judge Alito's case, but it cuts both ways, so the next time the Republicans remind the Democrats once again that Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) used to belong to the Ku Klux Klan (which he acknowledges and has apologized and made amends for time and time again), we can then point to Judge Alito's membership in CAP.

    January 2006

  • "I use the word odious because the debt was largely incurred by the last government which did not represent us," Meer said.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The King was accused of sympathy with the Protestant cause, which made his name odious to the Catholic University of Paris.

    Heroes of Modern Europe

  • The discourse abounds with just observation, applicable to all ranks of men; and, if properly attended to by that infatuated emperor, might have prevented the perpetration of those acts of cruelty, which, with his other extravagancies, have rendered his name odious to posterity.

    De vita Caesarum

  • They could talk, and malign me, and tell lies as to dates, and strive to make my name odious in the county; but they knew that the will was good.

    He Knew He Was Right

  • Others were tories, and adherents to the old kingly rule; some of whom took refuge within the British lines, joined the royal bands of refugees, a name odious to the American ear, and occasionally returned to harass their ancient neighbors.

    Wolfert's Roost and Miscellanies

  • Call it grievous, call it odious, that we may by all means possible put ourselves and others out of love with it.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • Untamed by disgrace, and hardened by solitude, the shepherd was again odious to the flock, and his enemies contrived a singular, and as it proved, a successful, mode of revenge.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

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  • Someone on fanfiction.net said I was this.

    July 15, 2012

  • my odiuos mother in law is very nosy

    October 1, 2010

  • Oh! there’s that disagreeable lover of mine, Sir Benjamin Backbite, has just called at my guardian’s, with his odious uncle, Crabtree
    Sheridan, School for Scandal

    January 6, 2008