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If something, like an act, thought, or opinion is ‘invidious’, then it is likely to be unpleasant and cause offence to others. The word can also be used to express a comparison that is considered to be unfair or discriminatory. Not to be confused with the similarly spelt ‘insidious’, which means ‘gradually causing harm’.
I put myself in a rather invidious position when I agreed to mediate between the two parties. One or both are likely to be very unhappy with what I decide.
It seems invidious to single out one member of the team for praise when the collective effort was so outstanding.
Political rivals rather insidiously compared the Prime Minister to famous historical figures noted for their incompetence.