odium

noun
odi·​um | \ ˈō-dē-əm How to pronounce odium (audio) \

Definition of odium

1 : the state or fact of being subjected to hatred and contempt as a result of a despicable act or blameworthy circumstance
2 : hatred and condemnation accompanied by loathing or contempt : detestation
3 : disrepute or infamy attached to something : opprobrium

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Examples of odium in a Sentence

time did nothing to diminish the odium in which the traitor lived out his days
Recent Examples on the Web In addition, the odium among the Left is so pernicious and so ubiquitous that the surveyors themselves may pollute the very taking of polls. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Impeachment Fallouts," 31 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of odium

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for odium

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

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“Odium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odium. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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