Definition of odious in US English:

odious

adjective

  • Extremely unpleasant; repulsive.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We have supported odious men in the name of containing our enemies.’
    • ‘This carping is an odious theme we hear constantly from Angela.’
    • ‘They're odious enough on their own without asking whom she woke up with.’
    • ‘Ireland's wildlife is too precious to be destroyed by those who are nothing less than odious countryside terrorists.’
    • ‘One result of last night's odious affair is certain to be earlier kick-offs for future fixtures between Rangers and Aberdeen.’
    • ‘The painter Cavaradossi and his comrades struggle against the Roman police state run by the odious Baron Scarpia.’
    • ‘The only other notable performance might be Gordon Tanner's stellar turn as the thoroughly odious Bruce.’
    • ‘As tragic events unfolded in Europe, Luce ran his thriving magazine empire with an odious tilt.’
    • ‘They stepped through the low front door and found that inside the house was as vile, odious and squalid as its owner.’
    • ‘It is precisely in such periods that the lies of the state assume an ever more blatant and odious character.’
    • ‘I have to engage the passions of others by painting him as vicious or odious or depraved: hateful in general.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Comparisons between San Gimignano and New York are not odious.’
    • ‘Second, the American government should have shed light on the facts: how were such odious acts possible?’
    • ‘But then I remember that their agendas are sometimes odious and even dangerous.’
    • ‘It has unfailingly produced economic disaster, and in most cases, pretty odious political tyrannies.’
    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

/ˈōdēəs//ˈoʊdiəs/