One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Extremely unpleasant; repulsive.
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, displeasingView synonyms
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English: from Old French odieus, from Latin odiosus, from odium ‘hatred’.
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