insidious

insidious, invidious
Since both words involve doing or threatening harm, their closeness of form causes them to be commonly confused. Insidious (from Latin insidiae ‘ambush’) means ‘proceeding inconspicuously but harmfully’

• (An insidious form of sexism pervades most biographies of famous women, a tendency to treat women's work as peripheral to their lives —Ms, 1973)

whereas invidious (from Latin invidia ‘envy’) means ‘likely to excite resentment or indignation’

• (I hope it is not invidious…to single out here the museums for mention —Oxford University Gazette, 1984).

So insidious has more to do with the process and invidious more to do with its effect.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Insidious — In*sid i*ous, a. [L. insidiosus, fr. insidiae an ambush, fr. insidere to sit in; pref. in + sedere to sit: cf. F. insidieux. See {Sit}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Lying in wait; watching an opportunity to insnare or entrap; deceitful; sly; treacherous;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • insidious — [in sid′ē əs] adj. [L insidiosus < insidiae, an ambush, plot < insidere, to sit in or on, lie in wait for < in , in + sedere, to SIT] 1. characterized by treachery or slyness; crafty; wily 2. operating in a slow or not easily apparent… …   English World dictionary

  • insidious — I adjective artful, beguiling, cheating, conniving, covinous, crafty, cunning, deceitful, deceiving, deceptive, designing, devious, dishonest, disloyal, dolosus, ensnaring, fallax, false, false hearted, foxy, fraudulent, furtive, guileful,… …   Law dictionary

  • insidious — 1540s, from M.Fr. insidieux (15c.) or directly from L. insidiosus deceitful, cunning, artful, from insidiae (pl.) plot, snare, ambush, from insidere sit on, occupy, from in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + sedere to sit (see SEDENTARY (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • insidious — *sly, cunning, crafty, tricky, foxy, wily, guileful, artful Analogous words: treacherous, perfidious (see FAITHLESS): *dangerous, perilous: furtive, stealthy, covert, underhand, underhanded (see SECRET) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • insidious — [adj] sneaky, tricky artful, astute, corrupt, crafty, crooked, cunning, dangerous, deceitful, deceptive, deep, designing, dishonest, disingenuous, duplicitous, ensnaring, false, foxy, guileful, intriguing, like a snake in the grass*,… …   New thesaurus

  • insidious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, with harmful effect. DERIVATIVES insidiously adverb insidiousness noun. ORIGIN Latin insidiosus cunning …   English terms dictionary

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