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  • General or widespread hatred or disgust directed toward someone as a result of their actions.

    ‘his job had made him the target of public hostility and odium’
    • ‘It was a clever stratagem for defeating the tax proposals without incurring the popular odium for doing so.’
    • ‘Stalin's military and political dispositions once the war started have incurred odium.’
    • ‘He concluded: ‘I am sorry if you are genuinely unaware of the public odium against your company in the West of London.’’
    • ‘While Lakshmi is the goddess of riches, her elder sister is the deity of poverty, indigence, odium, reproach and ignominy.’
    • ‘By the same token, ‘the later we postponed publication, the less would the inevitable odium react upon the British’.’
    • ‘For this I can reasonably expect the eternal odium of the architectural profession, but this revelation must proceed despite the personal cost to myself.’
    • ‘She needs to accumulate much more odium before she'll qualify for the UN job.’
    • ‘For some inexplicable reason, I found that my odium for a certain Coach Rams significantly outweighs my detestation of Damien Rose.’
    • ‘Damien did a magnificent job of revealing his utmost contempt for Richard; so magnificent that his odium for him could almost be smelt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No, my odium for him spans much further into the past.’
    • ‘Pursing her lips together Kyle stormed off her odium for him increasing with every living day.’
    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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/ˈōdēəm/ /ˈoʊdiəm/


Early 17th century from Latin, ‘hatred’, from the verb stem od- ‘hate’.