Odious O"di*ous, a. [L. odiosus, from odium hatred: cf. F. odieux. See {Odium}.] 1. Hateful; deserving or receiving hatred; as, an odious name, system, vice. ``All wickedness will be most odious.'' --Sprat. [1913 Webster]

He rendered himself odious to the Parliament. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

2. Causing or provoking hatred, repugnance, or disgust; offensive; disagreeable; repulsive; as, an odious sight; an odious smell. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The odious side of that polity. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Hateful; detestable; abominable; disgusting; loathsome; invidious; repulsive; forbidding; unpopular. [1913 Webster] -- {O"di*ous`ly}. adv. -- {O"di*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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