Monday, February 23

The Word Is Given: Invidious

Today's Word (courtesy of Invidious (Adjective)

Pronunciation: [in-'vi-di-ês]

Definition 1: (1) Offensive, insulting, causing ill-will; (2) envious.

Usage 1: Here is another word we have confused with a similar one that sounds a bit the same, "envious." Although the two words share the same origin, their meanings should not overlap. Envy is envy and invidiousness should be invidiousness. The adverb is "invidiously" and the noun, the expectable "invidiousness.

This is the driving force behind the Democrats growing unity. Dubya's dismissive manner to those he disagrees with and strident partisanship is invidious to the left and most of the world.

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