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onus

[ oh-nuhs ]
/ ˈoʊ nəs /
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noun, plural o·nus·es.
a difficult or disagreeable obligation, task, burden, etc.
burden of proof.Compare onus probandi.
blame or responsibility.
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Origin of onus

1630–40; <Latin: load, burden
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British Dictionary definitions for onus

onus
/ (ˈəʊnəs) /

noun plural onuses
a responsibility, task, or burden

Word Origin for onus

C17: from Latin: burden
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