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Definition tending to arouse resentment, prejudice, or other ill will
  • 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
invidious = tending to arouse resentment, prejudice, or other ill will
  • 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
  • The task would be an invidious one and one beyond my poor powers.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • He rose, and took th' advantage of the times, To load young Turnus with invidious crimes.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • The idea is too gross and too invidious to be entertained.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Some imaginative ground for invidious comment there was.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • 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
  • People began to say "Who are they?" but no invidious inquiries were made.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • 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
  • "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
  • 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
  • Sometimes she caught him looking at her with a louring invidiousness that she could hardly bear.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • "Rotgut," he muttered to himself after a particularly invidious remark.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Like invidious doctors, they knew just where it hurt.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • I beg you take all this as I mean it, which, Heaven knows, is not invidiously.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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