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onus

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of onus

  1. 1 a mark of guilt or disgrace <hoping to avoid the onus of failure by lowering expectations ahead of time> Synonyms blot, brand, stain, slur, smirch, smudge, spot, stigma, taintRelated Words black eye, discredit, disesteem, disgrace, dishonor, disrepute, guilt, ignominy, infamy, obloquy, odium, opprobrium, reproach, shame; corruption, debauchery, depravity, immorality, iniquity, licentiousness, sin, unscrupulousness, viceNear Antonyms award, credit, honor; chasteness, chastity, modesty, purity, stainlessness; good, right; honesty, integrity, legitimacy, probity, rectitude, scrupulousness, uprightness; goodness, righteousness, virtuousness; fame, glory, renown, repute

  2. 2 responsibility for wrongdoing or failure <he perpetually tries to shift the onus for any mistakes onto other team members> Synonyms culpability, fault, guilt, blame, rapRelated Words blameworthiness, complicity, guiltiness, sinfulness; accusation, censure, condemnation, denunciation, finger-pointing, reproach; regret, remorse, self-reproach, shameAntonyms blamelessness, faultlessness, guiltlessness, innocence




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