- a difficult or disagreeable obligation, task, burden, etc.
- burden of proof.Compare onus probandi.
- blame or responsibility.
Origin of onus
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- the burden of proof.
Examples from the Web for onus
However, Gold put the onus on herself and other more established women.These Women Are Labias-to-the-Wall Funny
November 7, 2014
UNO puts such an onus on smoking students that it ultimately seems like a bully, even more than a nanny.The University Of New Orleans’ Cigarette Ban Is Total BS
October 21, 2014
Asked about funding public libraries, Osborne put the onus of responsibility on local councils.Why 7 Times 8 Tripped Up the UK Chancellor
July 4, 2014
The onus is on one man to hold this wacky goulash of punditry together: Mike Tirico.World Cup Anchor Mike Tirico’s Bizarre History: Reports of Stalking and Sexual Harassment
July 1, 2014
Trying to put the onus onto someone else for your own decisions is really cowardly and kind of dishonest.Speed Read: Terry Richardson on Sex, Lies, and Lindsay Lohan
June 16, 2014
It threw upon the Senate the onus of repairing the defects of the bill.
Any tyro in the logics will tell thee that the onus of proving lies with the accuser.Dreamers of the Ghetto
At all events the onus of proof rests with those who assert it is imponderable.Aether and Gravitation
William George Hooper
Let it be understood by such as are aware of what has been, that I bear the onus of the rupture.Heartsease
Charlotte M. Yonge
The onus of speech seemed to rest with him, and he accepted it.The Yellow House
E. Phillips Oppenheim
- a responsibility, task, or burden
- law the Latin phrase for burden of proof
Word Origin and History for onus
1640s, from Latin onus "load, burden," figuratively "tax, expense; trouble, difficulty," from PIE *en-es- "burden" (cf. Sanskrit anah "cart, wagon"). Hence legal Latin onus probandi (1722), literally "burden of proving."