invidious invidious  /ɪn ˈvɪ di əs/


  • (adj) containing or implying a slight or showing prejudice


  1. Well, it would be lovely if the political dialogue could be conducted totally in terms of the general welfare, with no invidious arguments that seek to divide us from one another.
  2. He brings the hollow, driven, tyrannical character of Captain Queeg to full and invidious life, yet seldom fails to maintain a bond of sympathy with his audience.



    For those of us old enough to remember the allegations and facts of the Richard Nixon Administration’s abuse of our personal liberties, we can only watch in astonishment as the administration of President Obama unveils itself daily as more egregious, more corrupt and more invidious than Nixon’s when it comes to our personal liberties.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: Beverly Hills Courier


  1. "It will be up to (Opposition Leader) Brendan Nelson to decide whether he'll support what wheatgrowers in Australia actually want," Mr Windsor said. "I think the position that Brendan Nelson has painted himself into is an invidious position...
    on Apr 27, 2008 By: Tony Windsor Source: The Age

  2. "I believe that we should not put European companies in an invidious position where their choice appears to be to break the law or leave the market to more unscrupulous operators," Reding said.
    on Feb 3, 2009 By: Viviane Reding Source: Reuters

  3. But the lawyer representing Queen Elizabeth, John Nutting, said it would be "undesirable, even perhaps invidious" to do this and the need for strictly unbiased scrutiny meant a jury of members of the public would be more appropriate.
    on Jan 8, 2007 By: Elizabeth Butler-Sloss Source: Reuters Canada

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