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Though they think the country’s government is odious, they’re unwilling to help topple it for fear of the consequences.
  extremely unpleasant, disgusting, or dislikable
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  • Though they think the country’s government is odious, they’re unwilling to help topple it for fear of the consequences.
  • The sight of me is odious in their eyes;
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry VI, Part 2
  • The sight of Miss Lucas was odious to her.
    Austen, Jane  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Tally’s meals ranged from decent to odious.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies

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  • Beatty, Stoneman, and Black ran up the sidewalk, suddenly odious and fat in the plump fireproof slickers.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • And what made it even more odious was the personality of the prisoner, an inhuman monster wholly without a moral sense.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • The comparison was odious!
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • I did not, for some weeks, strike, or otherwise violently ill use it; but gradually—very gradually—I came to look upon it with unutterable loathing, and to flee silently from its odious presence, as from the breath of a pestilence.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • ...This my mean task
    Would be as heavy to me as odious; but
    The mistress which I serve quickens what’s dead,
    And makes my labours pleasures:
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • She came to know what heavy housework meant and the odious cares of the kitchen.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace

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  • "Do you remember, my dear Aylmer," said she, with a feeble attempt at a smile, "have you any recollection of a dream last night about this odious hand?"
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • Would that the host of those who make the great works of the poets odious by their analysis, impositions and laborious comments might learn this simple truth! It is not necessary that one should be able to define every word and give it its principal parts and its grammatical position in the sentence in order to understand and appreciate a fine poem.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Odious stuck-up prig.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • The brown people of this island seem to me odiously inquisitive and bothery-idiotic.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Odious green mist now wreathed the arrow.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • They were an odious group, Hattie and the two she called her special friends, Blossom and Delicia.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Perhaps it was just as well, for many of the other children hit me constantly with the odious yassuh.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I hadn’t completely realized it at the time, but that same Freudian colloquy which had fascinated and, at the most, amused me had been downright odious to Sophie and had caused her to flee with Nathan from the beach.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He grinned odiously, sweat sprinkling his forehead.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • He grinned odiously and came across the bed after me.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • How odious I should think them!
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • PYRAMUS ’Thisby, the flowers of odious savours sweet,’ QUINCE Odours, odours.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • The image left him, but the odiousness never did.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • He looks upon study as an odious fetter; his time is spent in the open air, climbing the hills or rowing on the lake.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Now how did this odious stigma originate?
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The odious reception clerk smiled when he saw me.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Mrs. Pocket instantly showed much amiable emotion, and said, "This is that odious Sophia’s doing!"
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Usually we only watch when it’s mandatory, because the mixture of propaganda and displays of the Capitol’s power—including clips from seventy-four years of Hunger Games—is so odious.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • The odious sentiment kept on returning.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Commercial people and professional people in a small way were odious to her.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • I’d rather sit with Hindley, and hear his awful talk, than with "t’ little maister" and his staunch supporter, that odious old man!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • He was becoming a thief once more, and the most odious of thieves!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He generally began that day with wishing he had had no intervening holiday, it made the going into captivity and fetters again so much more odious.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • A flash of odious joy appeared upon the woman’s face.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • ’Beware, odious smug child.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • "There, monsieur, there is that letter!" cried the queen, with a broken and trembling voice; "take it, and deliver me from your odious presence."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • I myself told you the truth of that odious tale.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • He hated her because she was young and pretty and sexless, because he wanted to go to bed with her and would never do so, because round her sweet supple waist, which seemed to ask you to encircle it with your arm, there was only the odious scarlet sash, aggressive symbol of chastity.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The better reason for my not being conversant with the slang of the bank, which is here dinning in my ears from morning to night; that noise of jingling crowns, which are constantly being counted and re-counted, is odious to me.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Sometimes he was odious.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Is it possible that you do not know that comparisons of wit with wit, valour with valour, beauty with beauty, birth with birth, are always odious and unwelcome?
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • His gestures, his gait, his grizzled beard, his slightest and most indifferent acts, the very fashion of his garments, were odious in the clergyman’s sight; a token implicitly to be relied on of a deeper antipathy in the breast of the latter than he was willing to acknowledge to himself.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Then he crimped his face as though I were odious and snorted, "Phew!"
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • It was some days before she saw Jane Fairfax, to judge of her honest regret in this woeful change; but when they did meet, her composure was odious.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • I wished a round score of men—in case of natives, buccaneers, or the odious French—and I had the worry of the deuce itself to find so much as half a dozen, till the most remarkable stroke of fortune brought me the very man that I required.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • No mention of death, never, never a word on that odious subject.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • It was an odious, alien, distasteful name, that just did not inspire confidence.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • …accomplished if an inverecund habit shall have gradually traduced the honourable by ancestors transmitted customs to that thither of profundity that that one was audacious excessively who would have the hardihood to rise affirming that no more odious offence can for anyone be than to oblivious neglect to consign that evangel simultaneously command and promise which on all mortals with prophecy of abundance or with diminution’s menace that exalted of reiteratedly procreating function…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Yet I was so weak and bruised in the sides with the squeezes given me by this odious animal, that I was forced to keep my bed a fortnight.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Do you know, there are two odious young men who have been staring at me this half hour.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
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