Adjective "invidious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of an action or situation) likely to arouse or incur resentment or anger in others.
  1. 'These organizations fall well outside any reading of invidious discrimination and are a prime example of how exclusionary organizations and institutions determine and admit qualified members.'
  2. 'It would be invidious to undertake a half-baked presentation and evidence and half-baked cross examination.'
  3. 'Despite the hullabaloo, and the invidious position into which he has allowed himself to be manoeuvred, it looks as if he will hold on to his job.'
  4. 'I find myself in the invidious position of having to go out and ask whoever it is if they would mind waiting five minutes.'
  5. 'These 6,000 teachers are in an invidious situation.'
  6. 'They now face the most invidious dilemma imaginable - and they have only four weeks in which to solve it.'
  7. 'Schumacher is in an invidious position, but as a team player he must take the rough with the smooth.'
  8. 'There is enormous support for these men who have been jailed because they have come across as sincere men who have been put in the most invidious position.'
  9. 'Now we're not surprised at the mayor's invidious juxtaposition since he once famously remarked, when questioned about his tax increase's impact on local bodegas, ‘It's a minor economic issue.’'
  10. 'The novice manager accepts he finds himself in an invidious position following in the footsteps of a man who could have achieved no more.'
  11. 'it seems invidious to make special mention of one aspect of his work'
  12. 'The rationale behind prohibiting some exercises of discretion is that the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment protects people against invidious discrimination.'
  13. 'For example, the most invidious acts of discrimination on grounds of sex, race and sexual orientation may result not from individual misconduct, but from ‘taken for granted’ assumptions about what is appropriate.'
  14. 'It is indeed awkward to let out the truth about double standards, although it is remarkable that administrators think that students will not make invidious comparisons if the statistics are kept under wraps.'
  15. 'Though far more subtle than in Skinner, however, the discrimination here is nonetheless invidious - as it so often is when some people in the population identify others as unworthy of parenthood.'
  16. 'Constant anxious attention to her appearance becomes a major part of woman's life, a source of frustration, unflagging investment and invidious comparison.'
  17. 'There is patently no legitimate overriding purpose independent of invidious racial discrimination which justifies this classification.'
  18. 'Not all distinctions are invidious comparisons.'
  19. 'England is not best understood by invidious comparison with France.'
  20. 'The contributors to this book subject these various options and their implication to critical appraisal, and it would be invidious to pick out some contributions and not others.'
  21. 'The conference also provides a platform for highlighting casteism as a form of invidious discrimination and an international human rights violation.'


1. calculated to create ill will or resentment or give offense; hateful: invidious remarks.

2. offensively or unfairly discriminating; injurious: invidious comparisons.

3. causing or tending to cause animosity, resentment, or envy: an invidious honor.

4. Obsolete. envious.

More examples(as adjective)

"positions can be invidious."

"distinctions can be invidious."

"comparisons can be invidious."

"underminings can be invidious."

"situations can be invidious."

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Early 17th century: from Latin invidiosus, from invidia (see envy).