noun, plural o·nus·es.
Origin of onus
Definition for onus (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for onus
However, Gold put the onus on herself and other more established women.
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|Chloé Valdary|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Asked about funding public libraries, Osborne put the onus of responsibility on local councils.
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|Marlow Stern|July 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Justin Jones|June 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The onus is on them to show that the dividends have been paid out of profits.
The history-making blessed event was an honor and an onus to Captain Spooner and his young wife.The Test Colony|Winston Marks
It threw upon the Senate the onus of repairing the defects of the bill.
The onus of this wretched failure Leichhardt tried to cast upon his companions, upon whom he made many unjust aspersions.The Explorers of Australia and their Life-work|Ernest Favenc
The onus lay on him to prove that he innocently uttered, having been deceived by others.
British Dictionary definitions for onus (1 of 2)
noun plural onuses
Word Origin for onus
British Dictionary definitions for onus (2 of 2)
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."