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odium Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun state of disgrace resulting from detestable behavior
  2. noun hate coupled with disgust
    execration; abhorrence; abomination; detestation; loathing.

O"di*um noun
L., fr. odi I hate. Gr. Annoy, Noisome.
  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.
    Syn. -- Hatred; abhorrence; detestation; antipathy. -- 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.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

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Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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