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insidious (in SID ee uhs) (adjective)
1. Descriptive of a gradual onslaught of an illness or disease in such a manner that it is entrenched before being discovered: The insidious nature of Brian's ailment distressed both the patient and the doctor.

Most people with this insidious virus have no idea that they are infected.

2. Harmful, but seen as something which is desirable: There is an insidious aspect of drug addiction that some people apparently refuse to accept.
invidious (in VID ee uhs) (adjective)
Characterized by discontent, envy, jealousy, or resentment: The invidious nature of the newspaper article created a sense of anger among the home owners.

The invidious articles in the newspaper created an insidious atmosphere at city hall which was difficult to understand.

invidious (adjective), more invidious, most invidious
1. Pertaining to something that makes, or implies, an unfair distinction; conveying insulting feelings: In the art class, comparing Jane's work to Mark's resulted in invidious feelings between them.
2. Unpleasant because producing, or likely to produce, jealousy, resentment, or hatred in other people: Henry made invidious remarks about Sam's efforts to reform the system of payments for the company's project because he was quite envious of Sam and said that the reform was not feasible and it was a waste of time and effort. 
3. Etymology: from Latin invidiosus, "envious"; from invidia, "ill will"; which came from in-, "upon" + videre, "to see".
Tending to be offensive and rousing ill will.
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Producing ill will and offense.
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Causing animosity or discontent.
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Insulting or causing bad feelings, resentment, or hatred in another person. (3)