Something can be described as invidious when it is resentful, discriminatory or envious, as in: "Fred was angered by the invidious gossip about his divorce being spread by his ex-wife's allies."

The adjective invidious is used to describe an act, thought, opinion or critique that is full of ill will or prejudice. It comes from a Latin word that means "hostile." When the captain of a cheerleading squad says nasty things about an opposing cheer team's skills, work ethic, and uniforms, those are invidious comments.

Definitions of invidious
  1. adjective
    containing or implying a slight or showing prejudice
    invidious comparisons”
    synonyms: discriminatory
    unfavorable, unfavourable
    not encouraging or approving or pleasing
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