from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The state or quality of being odious.
  • noun Strong dislike, contempt, or aversion.
  • noun A state of disgrace resulting from hateful or detestable conduct.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Hatred; dislike.
  • noun Censure or blame; reproach; enmity incurred.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Intense hatred or dislike; loathing; abhorrence.
  • noun The quality that provokes hatred; offensiveness.
  • noun The state of being intensely hated as the result of some despicable action; opprobrium; disrepute; discredit; reproach mingled with contempt.
  • noun the enmity peculiar to contending theologians.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Hatred; dislike; as, his conduct brought him into odium, or, brought odium upon him.
  • noun The quality that provokes hatred; offensiveness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun hate coupled with disgust
  • noun state of disgrace resulting from detestable behavior


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin, hatred; see od- in Indo-European roots.]

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Borrowed from Latin odium.


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  • That the term "old maid" has lost its odium is due to the fact that unmarried women have made a place for themselves in the world of business.

    In Times Like These 1915

  • "P. Joannes Ogilbeus, SJ Scotus Glasguae in odium fidei suspendio"

    03/01/2003 - 04/01/2003 John 2003

  • The religious hatred called odium theologicum has long been an instrument for gaining power and property, whether in local politics or in real estate speculation.

    The Deadlocked City Elon, Amos 2001

  • Bankers have never been popular, but Washington's rejection of the $700bn bail-out for banks on Monday recalled the odium that attached to them in the Great Depression.

    A New Start 2008

  • The difficulty of this office arises out of the odium which is attached to it; no one will undertake it unless great profits are to be made, and any one who does is loath to execute the law.

    Politics Aristotle 2002

  • It is wise, too, in relation to the civilized world around us, to avoid giving occasion to the odium which is so industriously excited against ourselves and our institutions.

    Cotton is King, and Pro-Slavery Arguments Comprising the Writings of Hammond, Harper, Christy, Stringfellow, Hodge, Bledsoe, and Cartrwright on This Important Subject E. N. [Editor] Elliott

  • Congress and the President is to go on, as I suppose it is, Stanton should be ignored by the President, left to perform his clerical duties which the law requires him to perform, and let the party bear the odium which is already upon them for placing him where he is.

    Memoirs of the Union's Three Great Civil War Generals David Widger

  • Villain_ once had none of the odium which is now associated with the term; but it signified one who, under the feudal system, rented or held lands of another.

    English Grammar in Familiar Lectures Samuel Kirkham

  • As a matter of fact, so far from being hanged or incurring any kind of odium, his system is quite the most popular there is at present.

    The Simpkins Plot George A. Birmingham 1907

  • Thirdly, and lastly, we have never been able to hear any one fact established which could prove Lord Byron to deserve anything like the degree or even kind of odium which has, in regard to matters of this class, been heaped upon his name.

    Lady Byron Vindicated Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896 1870


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  • nominal form of the adjective 'odious'

    April 10, 2009