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But all suppositions of this kind are invidious, and ought to be banished from the consideration of the great question before the people.
Hamilton, Alexander  --  Federalist Papers Authored by Alexander Hamilton
  tending to arouse resentment, prejudice, or other ill will
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  • But all suppositions of this kind are invidious, and ought to be banished from the consideration of the great question before the people.
    Hamilton, Alexander  --  Federalist Papers Authored by Alexander Hamilton
  • The distinction between being native born and foreign born was sharp and invidious in those days.
    London, Jack  --  The Iron Heel
  • invidious comparisons
  • But the rich man—not to make any invidious comparison—is always sold to the institution which makes him rich.
    Thoreau, Henry David  --  Civil Disobedience

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  • The task would be an invidious one and one beyond my poor powers.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • "Rotgut," he muttered to himself after a particularly invidious remark.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • This was the invidious distinction between them and the Sour-doughs, who, forsooth, made their bread from sour-dough because they had no bakingpowder.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Sometimes she caught him looking at her with a louring invidiousness that she could hardly bear.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • But the rich man—not to make any invidious comparison—is always sold to the institution which makes him rich.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • Either the change in the quality of the air from heavy to light, or the sense of being amid new scenes where there were no invidious eyes upon her, sent up her spirits wonderfully.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles

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  • Consider the intimate and curious acquaintance one makes with various kinds of weeds—it will bear some iteration in the account, for there was no little iteration in the labor—disturbing their delicate organizations so ruthlessly, and making such invidious distinctions with his hoe, levelling whole ranks of one species, and sedulously cultivating another.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • "Yes, Morris," said the girl, with her imagination—what there was of it—swimming in this happy truth, which seemed, after all, invidious to no one.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Like invidious doctors, they knew just where it hurt.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • People began to say "Who are they?" but no invidious inquiries were made.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • But, in after days, when the frenzy of that hideous epoch had subsided, it was remembered how loudly Colonel Pyncheon had joined in the general cry, to purge the land from witchcraft; nor did it fail to be whispered, that there was an invidious acrimony in the zeal with which he had sought the condemnation of Matthew Maule.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • She had as many priests to stay with her as could be needed—and even the priests did not want a gorgeous chapel in that place where it would have merely seemed an invidious instance of ostentation.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • But in order to safeguard Clyde against any chance of failure or even invidious comment of any kind, not only she but Bertine and Jill and Gertrude were to be attentive to and considerate of him.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • For which reason the antients used, on such occasions, to sacrifice to the goddess Nemesis, a deity who was thought by them to look with an invidious eye on human felicity, and to have a peculiar delight in overturning it.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Some imaginative ground for invidious comment there was.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • What she felt was that a territorial, a political, a social magnate had conceived the design of drawing her into the system in which he rather invidiously lived and moved.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Gabriel hoped that the whole truth of the matter might not be published till at any rate the girl had been in her grave for a few days, when the interposing barriers of earth and time, and a sense that the events had been somewhat shut into oblivion, would deaden the sting that revelation and invidious remark would have for Bathsheba just now.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • The idea is too gross and too invidious to be entertained.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • He rose, and took th’ advantage of the times, To load young Turnus with invidious crimes.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • And that is the only gulf that separates my friends here from those who are invidiously called the blest.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Even Isabel’s invidious kinsman was obliged to admit that he was just now a delightful associate.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • I beg you take all this as I mean it, which, Heaven knows, is not invidiously.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • It seemed to tell that he had been successful in life, yet it seemed to tell also that his success had not been exclusive and invidious, but had had much of the inoffensiveness of failure.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Distrust naturally creates distrust, and by nothing is good-will and kind conduct more speedily changed than by invidious jealousies and uncandid imputations, whether expressed or implied.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • It would be invidious, however, if not perilous, to betray these awful secrets; so that I shall content myself with observing that it was not invariably the writer most frequent in the public mouth that made the most splendid appearance in the bonfire.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Earth’s Holocaust
  • Newman had come out of the war with a brevet of brigadier-general, an honor which in this case—without invidious comparisons—had lighted upon shoulders amply competent to bear it.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • It seemed to tell that he had been successful in life, yet it seemed to tell also that his success had not been exclusive and invidious, but had had much of the inoffensiveness of failure.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • She tasted of the sweets of this preference, and they made her conscious, almost with awe, of the invidious and remorseless tide of the charmed and possessed condition, great as was the traditional honour and imputed virtue of being in love.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • But all suppositions of this kind are invidious, and ought to be banished from the consideration of the great question before the people.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Even Isabel’s invidious kinsman was obliged to admit that he was just now a delightful associate.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • What she felt was that a territorial, a political, a social magnate had conceived the design of drawing her into the system in which he rather invidiously lived and moved.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • A day or two after Miss Stackpole’s arrival she had made some invidious reflexions on American hotels, which excited a vein of counter-argument on the part of the correspondent of the Interviewer, who in the exercise of her profession had acquainted herself, in the western world, with every form of caravansary.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • In spite of this invidious hypothesis, which must be taken for nothing more than an example of the capricious play of "American humor," Newman did his best to maintain an easy and friendly style of communication with M. de Bellegarde.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • To surround his interior with a sort of invidious sanctity, to tantalise society with a sense of exclusion, to make people believe his house was different from every other, to impart to the face that he presented to the world a cold originality—this was the ingenious effort of the personage to whom Isabel had attributed a superior morality.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • The idea is too gross and too invidious to be entertained.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • She tasted of the sweets of this preference, and they made her conscious, almost with awe, of the invidious and remorseless tide of the charmed and possessed condition, great as was the traditional honour and imputed virtue of being in love.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Urbain de Bellegarde was frowning portentously, and Newman supposed he was frowning at poor Valentin’s invidious image.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • And indeed a man of Claggart’s accomplishments, without prior nautical experience, entering the navy at mature life, as he did, and necessarily allotted at the start to the lowest grade in it; a man, too, who never made allusion to his previous life ashore; these were circumstances which in the dearth of exact knowledge as to his true antecedents opened to the invidious a vague field for unfavorable surmise.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • A day or two after Miss Stackpole’s arrival she had made some invidious reflexions on American hotels, which excited a vein of counter-argument on the part of the correspondent of the Interviewer, who in the exercise of her profession had acquainted herself, in the western world, with every form of caravansary.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • But the general popularity that our Handsome Sailor’s manly forwardness bred upon occasion, and his irresistible good-nature, indicating no mental superiority tending to excite an invidious feeling, this good will on the part of most of his shipmates made him the less to concern himself about such mute aspects toward him as those whereto allusion has just been made, aspects he could not fathom as to infer their whole import.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • To surround his interior with a sort of invidious sanctity, to tantalise society with a sense of exclusion, to make people believe his house was different from every other, to impart to the face that he presented to the world a cold originality—this was the ingenious effort of the personage to whom Isabel had attributed a superior morality.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • The cold sunlight of this spring evening peered invidiously upon the crocks and kettles, upon the bunches of dried herbs shivering in the breeze, upon the brass handles of the dresser, upon the wicker-cradle they had all been rocked in, and upon the well-rubbed clock-case, all of which gave out the reproachful gleam of indoor articles abandoned to the vicissitudes of a roofless exposure for which they were never made.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • But I don’t mean to be invidious; the marrying people are often very nice."
    Henry James  --  The American
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