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noun odi·um \ˈō-dē-əm\

Definition of odium

  1. 1 :  the state or fact of being subjected to hatred and contempt as a result of a despicable act or blameworthy circumstance

  2. 2 :  hatred and condemnation accompanied by loathing or contempt :  detestation

  3. 3 :  disrepute or infamy attached to something :  opprobrium



Examples of odium

  1. <time did nothing to diminish the odium in which the traitor lived out his days>



Origin of odium

Latin, hatred, from odisse to hate; akin to Old English atol terrible, Greek odyssasthai to be angry


First Known Use: 1602

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