intense hatred or dislike, especially toward a person or thing regarded as contemptible, despicable, or repugnant.
the reproach, discredit, or opprobrium attaching to something hated or repugnant: He had to bear the odium of neglecting his family.
the state or quality of being hated.

1595–1605; < Latin: hatred, equivalent to od(isse) to hate + -ium -ium

1. detestation, abhorrence, antipathy. 2. obloquy.

1. love.
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odium (ˈəʊdɪəm)
1.  the dislike accorded to a hated person or thing
2.  hatred; repugnance
[C17: from Latin; related to ōdī I hate, Greek odussasthai to be angry]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, "fact of being hated," from L. odium "ill-will, hatred, offense," related to odi "I hate" (infinitive odisse), from PIE base *od- "to hate" (cf. Armenian ateam "I hate," O.N. atall, O.E. atol "dire, horrid, loathsome"). Meaning "hatred, detestation" is from 1650s. Often in an extended form, e.g.
odium theologicum "hatred which is proverbially characteristic of theological disputes" (1670s).
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Example sentences
Nothing sooths the pain and lessen the odium better than humor.
There is a visible odium that accrues to being indicted, convicted and jailed.
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