Friday, February 15, 2008

Way harsh -- invidious


invidious (in-VID-ee-uhs) adjective
Unjust, offensive, or hateful, and likely to arouse resentment, ill will, anger, etc.

[From Latin invidiosus (envious, envied, hostile), from invidia (envy,hostility), from videre (to see). Ultimately from the Indo-European root weid- (to see) that is also the source of words such as guide,wise, vision, advice, idea, story, and history.]

"A small wrinkle of worry crosses Sword Gusmao's brow as she discusses her husband's invidious position."
--Steve Waldon; Kirsty's Crusade; The Age (Melbourne, Australia); Nov. 1, 2006.

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