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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.
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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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Related Words for odium

disgrace, malice, resentment, disrepute, rebuke, stigma, hate, obloquy, blot, disapproval, discredit, antipathy, stain, infamy, slur, brand, condemnation, spot, censure, blame

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Historical Examples of odium

  • The odium which attached to him when alive has not been removed by his death.



  • And the odium for all this fell especially on President Wilson.

    Woodrow Wilson's Administration and Achievements

    Frank B. Lord and James William Bryan

  • I would like to say that I have no fear of the odium of the designation of iconoclast.

  • The appropriation of the money did not lessen the odium of the tax.

  • Another cause of odium had been Manourie's tale of his habit of reviling the King.

    Sir Walter Ralegh

    William Stebbing

British Dictionary definitions for odium


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