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invidious (adj) (of remarks and actions) unfair and unpleasant and likely to cause offense or ill will.
Invidious remarks are unpleasant remarks which are offensive and make you unpopular. Comparisons are invidious; that is when you compare two of your friends A and B and say that A is better than B, B feels envious and offended. B is likely to develop ill feelings towards you. So yours is an invidious comparison. Your task of having to tell someone that they have been fired from the job is invidious, as they dislike you for conveying them the news.
- The speaker's mentioning the names of some as deserving his thanks was invidious as there were a few others who deserved his thanks but were not named.
- Daryl's comparison of James and John turned out to be invidious, as James, who Daryl preferred the less, felt offended at his making such a comparison in public.