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  1. intense hatred or dislike, especially toward a person or thing regarded as contemptible, despicable, or repugnant.
  2. the reproach, discredit, or opprobrium attaching to something hated or repugnant: He had to bear the odium of neglecting his family.
  3. the state or quality of being hated.

Origin of odium

1595–1605; < Latin: hatred, equivalent to od(isse) to hate + -ium -ium

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Antonyms for odium

1. love.
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  1. the dislike accorded to a hated person or thing
  2. hatred; repugnance

Word Origin for odium

C17: from Latin; related to ōdī I hate, Greek odussasthai to be angry
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Word Origin and History for odium

c.1600, "fact of being hated," from Latin odium "ill-will, hatred, grudge, animosity; offense, offensive conduct," related to odi "I hate" (infinitive odisse), from PIE root *od- "to hate" (cf. Armenian ateam "I hate," Old Norse atall, Old English atol "dire, horrid, loathsome"). Meaning "hatred, detestation" is from 1650s. Often in an extended form, e.g. odium theologicum "hatred which is proverbially characteristic of theological disputes" (1670s).

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