Thursday, September 12, 2002
Definitions for onus
- A burden; an obligation; a disagreeable necessity.
- a: A stigma. b: Blame.
- The burden of proof.
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Citations for onus
And who knew what financial pressures he was under or how desperate was his need to shed the onus of his past?
The onus of leadership fell on him.
Origin of onus
Onus is adopted from Latin onus, "load, burden." The derivative Latin adjective onerosus yields English onerous, "burdensome, oppressive." The derivative Latin verb onerare has the compound form exonerare, "to free from (ex-) an onus or burden," which yields English exonerate, "to relieve, in a moral sense, as of a charge, obligation, or load of blame resting on one."