1. intense hatred or dislike, esp. toward a person or thing regarded as contemptible, despicable, or repugnant.
2. the reproach, discredit, or opprobrium attaching to something hated or repugnant: He had to bear the odium of neglecting his family.
3. the state or quality of being hated.
1595–1605; < L: hatred, equiv. to od(isse) to hate + -ium -ium
1. detestation, abhorrence, antipathy. 2. obloquy.
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