Definition of odious in English:



  • Extremely unpleasant; repulsive.

    ‘a pretty odious character’
    ‘odious hypocrisy’
    • ‘Comparisons between San Gimignano and New York are not odious.’
    • ‘In their country, in their family, they will be able to find a normal life, to leave the odious control to which they are subjected.’
    • ‘As tragic events unfolded in Europe, Luce ran his thriving magazine empire with an odious tilt.’
    • ‘I have to engage the passions of others by painting him as vicious or odious or depraved: hateful in general.’
    • ‘The painter Cavaradossi and his comrades struggle against the Roman police state run by the odious Baron Scarpia.’
    • ‘It has unfailingly produced economic disaster, and in most cases, pretty odious political tyrannies.’
    • ‘This carping is an odious theme we hear constantly from Angela.’
    • ‘Ireland's wildlife is too precious to be destroyed by those who are nothing less than odious countryside terrorists.’
    • ‘Alas there is no reason why the most odious, contemptible people might not be able to make the sweetest, most wonderful creations.’
    • ‘It is precisely in such periods that the lies of the state assume an ever more blatant and odious character.’
    • ‘They stepped through the low front door and found that inside the house was as vile, odious and squalid as its owner.’
    • ‘But then I remember that their agendas are sometimes odious and even dangerous.’
    • ‘At the same time, the odious extremism at the other end of the spectrum, in the shape of the BNP vote elsewhere, has also strengthened.’
    • ‘One result of last night's odious affair is certain to be earlier kick-offs for future fixtures between Rangers and Aberdeen.’
    • ‘The only other notable performance might be Gordon Tanner's stellar turn as the thoroughly odious Bruce.’
    • ‘Second, the American government should have shed light on the facts: how were such odious acts possible?’
    • ‘Last Thursday, the odious Shepherd announced that the Newcastle job was one of the ‘top eight’ in the world.’
    • ‘It's not about protecting people from themselves, as odious as even that is.’
    • ‘They're odious enough on their own without asking whom she woke up with.’
    • ‘We have supported odious men in the name of containing our enemies.’
    revolting, repulsive, repellent, repugnant, disgusting, offensive, objectionable, vile, foul, abhorrent, loathsome, nauseating, nauseous, sickening, hateful, detestable, execrable, abominable, monstrous, appalling, reprehensible, deplorable, insufferable, intolerable, unacceptable, despicable, contemptible, beyond the pale, unspeakable, poisonous, noxious, obscene, base, hideous, grisly, gruesome, horrendous, heinous, atrocious, awful, terrible, dreadful, frightful, obnoxious, unsavoury, unpalatable, unpleasant, disagreeable, nasty, distasteful, dislikeable, off-putting, displeasing
    ghastly, horrible, horrid, gross, putrid, sick-making, yucky, god-awful
    disgustful, scurvy, loathly
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Late Middle English: from Old French odieus, from Latin odiosus, from odium hatred.