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Definition of "invidious" []

  • Tending to rouse ill will, animosity, or resentment: invidious accusations. (adjective)
  • Containing or implying a slight; discriminatory: invidious distinctions. (adjective)
  • Envious. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "invidious" in a sentence
  • "And what you call invidious ghettos were great defences, they were havens, oases of peace and respect."
  • "Clearly Dewey believed that political and economic conditions im modern societies encouraged an "alienation" from the aesthetic qualities of an "act of production," and to that extent Dewey's insistence that distinctions between fine and useful art are invidious is a politically-implicated gesture."
  • "I do think the propensity of Americans to engage in invidious discrimination really has diminished, and diminished to the point of where much of the 1964 Act is unnecessary."