Definition of odious in English:

odious

adjective

  • Extremely unpleasant; repulsive.

    ‘a pretty odious character’
    ‘odious hypocrisy’
    • ‘Alas there is no reason why the most odious, contemptible people might not be able to make the sweetest, most wonderful creations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The painter Cavaradossi and his comrades struggle against the Roman police state run by the odious Baron Scarpia.’
    • ‘Ireland's wildlife is too precious to be destroyed by those who are nothing less than odious countryside terrorists.’
    • ‘The only other notable performance might be Gordon Tanner's stellar turn as the thoroughly odious Bruce.’
    • ‘It has unfailingly produced economic disaster, and in most cases, pretty odious political tyrannies.’
    • ‘We have supported odious men in the name of containing our enemies.’
    • ‘It's not about protecting people from themselves, as odious as even that is.’
    • ‘This carping is an odious theme we hear constantly from Angela.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Comparisons between San Gimignano and New York are not odious.’
    • ‘They're odious enough on their own without asking whom she woke up with.’
    • ‘Second, the American government should have shed light on the facts: how were such odious acts possible?’
    • ‘It is precisely in such periods that the lies of the state assume an ever more blatant and odious character.’
    • ‘Last Thursday, the odious Shepherd announced that the Newcastle job was one of the ‘top eight’ in the world.’
    • ‘One result of last night's odious affair is certain to be earlier kick-offs for future fixtures between Rangers and Aberdeen.’
    • ‘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.’
    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
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French odieus, from Latin odiosus, from odium ‘hatred’.

Pronunciation

odious

/ˈəʊdɪəs/