insidious vs invidious

insidious invidious


  • 1) Producing harm in a stealthy, often gradual, manner.
  • 2) Intending to entrap; alluring but harmful.
  • 3) nonstandard Treacherous.
  • 4) Beguiling but harmful; alluring.
  • 5) Working or spreading harmfully in a subtle or stealthy manner.
  • 6) Intended to entrap; treacherous.
  • 7) Intended to entrap; characterized by treachery and deceit.
  • 8) Lying in wait; watching an opportunity to insnare or entrap; deceitful; sly; treacherous; -- said of persons.
  • 9) (Med.) a disease existing, without marked symptoms, but ready to become active upon some slight occasion; a disease not appearing to be as bad as it really is.
  • 10) Acting or proceeding unobserved or in a seemingly harmless manner, but slowly or eventually doing great damage.
  • 11) beguiling but harmful
  • 12) intended to entrap
  • 13) Lying in wait; hence, deceitful; sly; treacherous.
  • 14) Designed or adapted to entrap; deceptive; insnaring: as, insidious arts.


  • 1) envious, jealous
  • 2) obsolete Hateful; odious; detestable
  • 3) of a thing causing envy or ill will towards the possessor
  • 4) offensively or unfairly discriminating
  • 5) causing ill will towards the actor; causing offense.
  • 6) Archaic Envious.
  • 7) Offensive and unfair.
  • 8) Tending to rouse ill will, animosity, or resentment.
  • 9) obsolete Worthy of envy; desirable; enviable.
  • 10) Likely to or intended to incur or produce ill will, or to provoke envy or resentment; hateful; offensive.
  • 11) obsolete Envious; malignant.
  • 12) containing or implying a slight or showing prejudice
  • 13) Prompted by or expressing or adapted to excite envious dislike or ill will; offensively or unfairly discriminating: as, invidious distinctions or comparisons.
  • 14) Synonyms Invidious, Offensive. Invidious, having lost its subjective sense of envious, now means producing or likely to produce ill feeling because bringing persons or their belongings into contrast with others in an unjust or mortifying way: as, an invidious comparison or distinction. The ill feeling thus produced would be not envy, but resentment, on account of wounded pride. Offensive is a general word, covering invidious and all other words characterizing that which gives offense.
  • 15) Enviable;desirable.
  • 16) Hence Hateful; odious; detestable.
  • 17) Enviable; desirable.
  • 18) Envious; causing or arising from envy.


  • 1) A more insidious threat derives from what happened in that ace last finale.
  • 2) The early signs and symptoms of thyroid deficiency are insidious and subtle.
  • 3) Socialism in its most insidious form remains undead.
  • 4) Lies are the first signs of corruption and redacted history is an insidious form of lying.
  • 5) You can see it in insidious ways.
  • 6) That effect is insidious but hardly subtle, and it is certainly not in the public interest.
  • 7) The more insidious threat to competence cultures occurs when the metrics it has targeted no longer reflect true progress toward the end goal.
  • 8) It could impose a more insidious form of control if it wanted to shelter from an opposition more effective than any across the chamber.
  • 9) He added: 'I consider them insidious and extremely dangerous.
  • 10) But with cuts for capital expenditure and the insidious effects of inflation, flat cash looks more and more like putting science on the back burner.
  • 11) For him, if not for all seekers of remembrance, there were other dangers more insidious and subtle.
  • 12) Her curiosity brings her close to rather insidious men or hysterical women as she gradually understands what it is to be'independent'.
  • 13) I mean, you've got Darth Sidious (as in "insidious," I assume) and then the even-more-obviously named Darths Maul and Tyrannus.
  • 14) But I fear the most insidious is because people think that changing their lightbulbs and sorting their recyclables counts as “doing your bit”.
  • 15) The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.
  • 16) In my opinion, one of the more insidious is the hijacked account scam.
  • 17) Far more insidious is Lieberman, with his coprophagic grin and his profession of good will.
  • 18) What makes Huffington Post more insidious is the way they can buy of dissent readily by giving an organization their own blog.
  • 19) The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.
  • 20) The latest strategy is now seen dropping unsupported accusations across the media spectrum to the effect that the intelligence agency's assignment of Ambassador Joseph Wilson to look into the now-discredited Iraq/Niger/uranium claims were all part of a long-term insidious scheme to try and discredit the Bush Administration.
  • 21) ‘Nuclear disc lesions are of gradual or insidious onset, the history may be on and off back pain for weeks and back pain getting worse.’
  • 22) ‘The obstruction and harassment is subtle but insidious and seriously affects the ability of the aid agencies to do their job.’
  • 23) ‘It need by no means be obvious: it can be insidious and subtle.’
  • 24) ‘The current ubiquity of advertising is certainly one of its most subtle and insidious properties.’
  • 25) ‘Slow calibration drift is a subtle and insidious source of unreliable instrument readings.’
  • 26) ‘This trade recession will be just as insidious in its effects as any market blowout.’
  • 27) ‘Their approach tends to be more subtle - and perhaps even more insidious.’
  • 28) ‘Silently and stealthily this insidious, progressive disease has taken over.’
  • 29) ‘The onset is more insidious in brain tumors and the progress to vomiting is gradual.’
  • 30) ‘Our sport is rife with that same insidious elitism that has decayed the core of other field sports, which now face the very real prospect of being outlawed.’
  • 31) ‘The more insidious problem that will remain is stacking the ballot paper in a deliberate attempt to increase the informal vote.’
  • 32) ‘The most insidious marketing comes from the baby food companies.’
  • 33) ‘There was the slow, insidious change from fresh-faced beauty to freak.’
  • 34) ‘Increases in childhood obesity and insidious health problems are, we suspect, linked to an increased consumption of junk food.’
  • 35) ‘Significantly, even continuous low-level noise can be an insidious stressor.’
  • 36) ‘Dyens eventually left France, feeling overwhelmed by what he saw as insidious, unspoken racism.’
  • 37) ‘Yet the incursions on free speech can be insidious and imperceptible.’
  • 38) ‘An offshoot of ventriloquist journalism, these are one of the more insidious forms of misinformation.’
  • 39) ‘The propaganda is so insidious in the Murdoch press you can't even distinguish between news and opinion.’
  • 40) ‘But what makes this disease insidious is that in most cases it goes undetected until it's too late.’


  • 1) One reason may be that it finds itself in an invidious position.
  • 2) That put the appellant in an invidious position.
  • 3) That leaves him in an invidious position.
  • 4) It was true that a bank was in an invidious position.
  • 5) It puts them in the invidious position of having to lie.
  • 6) They were put in an invidious position by the game's governing body.
  • 7) Now, this obviously puts me in an invidious position.
  • 8) There are so many sights of parental devotion to be witnessed in the avian world just now that it seems invidious to single one out.
  • 9) We find ourselves in the invidious position of being partners in this German enterprise and as partners inevitably sharing the responsibility.
  • 10) And what you call invidious ghettos were great defences, they were havens, oases of peace and respect.
  • 11) I do think the propensity of Americans to engage in invidious discrimination really has diminished, and diminished to the point of where much of the 1964 Act is unnecessary.
  • 12) Clearly Dewey believed that political and economic conditions im modern societies encouraged an "alienation" from the aesthetic qualities of an "act of production," and to that extent Dewey's insistence that distinctions between fine and useful art are invidious is a politically-implicated gesture.
  • 13) Yet again invidious comparisons are made with our continental neighbours whose milk consumption, in part because of very different climatic conditions, is overwhelmingly of UHT milk.
  • 14) Alternatively, Congress should have more leeway to fashion remedies because the states are more likely to be engaging in invidious discrimination where laws or practices touching upon suspect classifications are concerned.
  • 15) This paper had been particularly disagreeable concerning the “dividend-cooking” system of certain of the Comstock mines, at the same time calling invidious attention to safer investments in California stocks.
  • 16) This paper had been particularly disagreeable concerning the "dividend-cooking" system of certain of the Comstock mines, at the same time calling invidious attention to safer investments in California stocks.
  • 17) ‘These 6,000 teachers are in an invidious situation.’
  • 18) ‘This question seems a valid one, but one should remember that such a stance might put the possessor of the truth in an invidious situation.’
  • 19) ‘They now face the most invidious dilemma imaginable - and they have only four weeks in which to solve it.’
  • 20) ‘The novice manager accepts he finds himself in an invidious position following in the footsteps of a man who could have achieved no more.’
  • 21) ‘Were it to come to trial, it would put the Lords, as judges, in an invidious position, and exposes them to the charge that they are overriding the will of the Commons.’
  • 22) ‘It has placed doctors in an invidious position - they knew the risks of injecting their patients with this caustic poison, yet they had no other option.’
  • 23) ‘It is an invidious position: we are part of the European Union and are integrated at many levels, except the crucial financial one.’
  • 24) ‘There is enormous support for these men who have been jailed because they have come across as sincere men who have been put in the most invidious position.’
  • 25) ‘Despite the hullabaloo, and the invidious position into which he has allowed himself to be manoeuvred, it looks as if he will hold on to his job.’
  • 26) ‘I find myself in the invidious position of having to go out and ask whoever it is if they would mind waiting five minutes.’
  • 27) ‘The chairman is in an invidious position but he did McLeish no favours last week.’
  • 28) ‘Schumacher is in an invidious position, but as a team player he must take the rough with the smooth.’
  • 29) ‘The British media is in a bit of an invidious position, in that we've got our editors in London saying, Well, we've got carte blanche, we can print what we like.’
  • 30) ‘The recent longstanding salary dispute, now happily resolved by government action, was unsettling and helped place universities and funding councils in an invidious position.’
  • 31) ‘First-time buyers are in an invidious position these days.’
  • 32) ‘Such stressors are potentially invidious not least because people may not experience these as unpleasant or be conscious of their effects.’
  • 33) ‘It would be invidious to undertake a half-baked presentation and evidence and half-baked cross examination.’
  • 34) ‘The new levy would have precisely the same invidious impact on newspapers and the electronic media.’
  • 35) ‘These organizations fall well outside any reading of invidious discrimination and are a prime example of how exclusionary organizations and institutions determine and admit qualified members.’
  • 36) ‘Now we're not surprised at the mayor's invidious juxtaposition since he once famously remarked, when questioned about his tax increase's impact on local bodegas, ‘It's a minor economic issue.’’
  • 37) ‘Not all distinctions are invidious comparisons.’
  • 38) ‘England is not best understood by invidious comparison with France.’
  • 39) ‘In reality, of course, all such comparisons are invidious, and the loss of any human being is tragic.’
  • 40) ‘Not only is the construction different from Stonehenge (thereby avoiding invidious comparison), but it is also a precursor.’
  • 41) ‘The invidious comparison implicit in this idea - or rather the elitism, to give it its contemporary nomme de guerre - has understandably given rise to angry backlashes and counter-revolutions.’
  • 42) ‘It is indeed awkward to let out the truth about double standards, although it is remarkable that administrators think that students will not make invidious comparisons if the statistics are kept under wraps.’
  • 43) ‘Constant anxious attention to her appearance becomes a major part of woman's life, a source of frustration, unflagging investment and invidious comparison.’
  • 44) ‘This applies even more rigorously if the subject of a musical comedy is a musical-comedy or similar performer; that invites invidious comparisons.’
  • 45) ‘Berlinski notes Dembski's extensive academic training, but overlooks Dembski's documented penchant for invidious comparisons.’
  • 46) ‘In this small multi-talented cast comparisons are invidious, but Ben Stillman stood out for the remarkable range of his skills and the sharp definition he brought to his characterisations.’
  • 47) ‘The term brings to mind, rather, the importance of kinship relations in primitive societies, and provokes an invidious comparison to England.’
  • 48) ‘The conference also provides a platform for highlighting casteism as a form of invidious discrimination and an international human rights violation.’
  • 49) ‘There is patently no legitimate overriding purpose independent of invidious racial discrimination which justifies this classification.’
  • 50) ‘I have nothing to say about these principles of invidious discrimination.’
  • 51) ‘For example, the most invidious acts of discrimination on grounds of sex, race and sexual orientation may result not from individual misconduct, but from ‘taken for granted’ assumptions about what is appropriate.’
  • 52) ‘Though far more subtle than in Skinner, however, the discrimination here is nonetheless invidious - as it so often is when some people in the population identify others as unworthy of parenthood.’
  • 53) ‘The rationale behind prohibiting some exercises of discretion is that the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment protects people against invidious discrimination.’
  • 54) ‘I met a lot of people and generalisations are always invidious.’
  • 55) ‘The contributors to this book subject these various options and their implication to critical appraisal, and it would be invidious to pick out some contributions and not others.’

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