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O"di*um (&ō;"dĭ*ŭm), n. [L., fr. odi I hate. Cf. Annoy, Noisome.] 1. Intense hatred or dislike; loathing; abhorrence.
2. The quality that provokes hatred; offensiveness.
She threw the odium of the fact on me. Dryden.
3. The state of being intensely hated as the result of some despicable action; opprobrium; disrepute; discredit; reproach mingled with contempt; as, his conduct brought him into odium, or, brought odium upon him.
‖Odium theologicum (&unr_;) [L.], the enmity peculiar to contending theologians.
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, Shak.
To oppose his hatred fully.
You have . . . dexterously thrown some of the odium of your polity upon that middle class which you despise. Beaconsfield.