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odium Line breaks: odium
Pronunciation: /ˈəʊdɪəm/

Definition of odium in English:


[mass noun]
General or widespread hatred or disgust incurred by someone as a result of their actions: he incurred widespread odium for military failures and government corruption
More example sentences
  • It was a clever stratagem for defeating the tax proposals without incurring the popular odium for doing so.
  • Stalin's military and political dispositions once the war started have incurred odium.
  • He concluded: ‘I am sorry if you are genuinely unaware of the public odium against your company in the West of London.’


Early 17th century: from Latin, 'hatred', from the verb stem od- 'hate'.

Words that rhyme with odium

odeum, plasmodium, podium, sodium
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