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’
    • ‘It was a clever stratagem for defeating the tax proposals without incurring the popular odium for doing so.’
    • ‘Pursing her lips together Kyle stormed off her odium for him increasing with every living day.’
    • ‘I didn't feel the normal odium I hold for dresses and skirts when Rosemary made me try it on; it was quite an exquisite dress, really.’
    • ‘By the same token, ‘the later we postponed publication, the less would the inevitable odium react upon the British’.’
    • ‘She needs to accumulate much more odium before she'll qualify for the UN job.’
    • ‘For this I can reasonably expect the eternal odium of the architectural profession, but this revelation must proceed despite the personal cost to myself.’
    • ‘That is the sort of thing which, if permitted, brings the administration of justice into odium.’
    • ‘Things would not end with Rebecca's prejudice and odium.’
    • ‘Stalin's military and political dispositions once the war started have incurred odium.’
    • ‘Damien did a magnificent job of revealing his utmost contempt for Richard; so magnificent that his odium for him could almost be smelt.’
    • ‘While Lakshmi is the goddess of riches, her elder sister is the deity of poverty, indigence, odium, reproach and ignominy.’
    • ‘But Putin is clearly signed up to the coalition, insisting the odium of international terrorism had to be ‘neutralised’.’
    • ‘No, my odium for him spans much further into the past.’
    • ‘The odium is either gone or all over pervasive, and the township revolts are assuming an endemic scale and nature reminiscent of 20 years ago.’
    • ‘For some inexplicable reason, I found that my odium for a certain Coach Rams significantly outweighs my detestation of Damien Rose.’
    • ‘He concluded: ‘I am sorry if you are genuinely unaware of the public odium against your company in the West of London.’’
    disgust, abhorrence, repugnance, revulsion, repulsion, loathing, detestation, hatred, hate, execration, obloquy, dislike, disapproval, disapprobation, distaste, disfavour, aversion, antipathy, animosity, animus, enmity, hostility, contempt, censure, condemnation
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Early 17th century: from Latin, ‘hatred’, from the verb stem od- ‘hate’.