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Definitions of Odium

Pronunciation : O"di*um
Part of Speech : n.
Etymology : [L., fr. odi I hate. Gr. Annoy, Noisome.]
Definition : 1. Hatred; dislike; as, his conduct brought him into odium, or, brought odium upon him.

2. The quality that provokes hatred; offensiveness. She threw the odium of the fact on me. Dryden. Odium theologicum ( Etym: [L.], the enmity peculiar to contending theologians.

Syn. -- Hatred; abhorrence; detestation; antipathy. -- Odium, Hatred. We exercise hatred; we endure odium. The former has an active sense, the latter a passive one. We speak of having a hatred for a man, but not of having an odium toward him. A tyrant incurs odium. The odium of an offense may sometimes fall unjustly upon one who is innocent. I wish I had a cause to seek him there, To oppose his hatred fully. Shak. You have...dexterously thrown some of the odium of your polity upon that middle class which you despise. Beaconsfield.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913


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