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A.Word.A.Day--invidious

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This week's theme: miscellaneous words.

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.]

See more usage examples of invidious in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (garg wordsmith.org)

"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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At times it may be necessary to temporarily accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good. -Margaret Mead, anthropologist (1901-1978)

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