[ oh-dee-uhm ]
/ ˈoʊ di əm /


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

Words nearby odium

Origin of odium

1595–1605; < Latin: hatred, equivalent to od(isse) to hate + -ium -ium
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British Dictionary definitions for odium

/ (ˈəʊdɪəm) /


the dislike accorded to a hated person or thing
hatred; repugnance

Word Origin for odium

C17: from Latin; related to ōdī I hate, Greek odussasthai to be angry
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