Definitions for: Odium

[n] hate coupled with disgust
[n] state of disgrace resulting from detestable behavior

Webster (1913) Definition: O"di*um, n. [L., fr. odi I hate. Gr. Annoy,
1. Hatred; dislike; as, his conduct brought him into odium,
or, brought odium upon him.

2. The quality that provokes hatred; offensiveness.

She threw the odium of the fact on me. --Dryden.

Odium theologicum[L.], the enmity peculiar to contending

Syn: Hatred; abhorrence; detestation; antipathy.

Usage: Odium, Hatred. We exercise hatred; we endure
odium. The former has an active sense, the latter a
passive one. We speak of having a hatred for a man,
but not of having an odium toward him. A tyrant incurs
odium. The odium of an offense may sometimes fall
unjustly upon one who is innocent.

I wish I had a cause to seek him there, To
oppose his hatred fully. --Shak.

You have . . . dexterously thrown some of the
odium of your polity upon that middle class
which you despise. --Beaconsfield.

Synonyms: abhorrence, abomination, detestation, execration, loathing

See Also: disgrace, disgust, hate, hatred, ignominy, shame

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