Odium theologicum
Odium O"di*um ([=o]"d[i^]*[u^]m), n. [L., fr. odi I hate. Cf. {Annoy}, {Noisome}.] 1. Intense hatred or dislike; loathing; abhorrence. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. The quality that provokes hatred; offensiveness. [1913 Webster]

She threw the odium of the fact on me. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster +PJC]

{Odium theologicum}[L.], the enmity peculiar to contending theologians. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Hatred; abhorrence; detestation; antipathy.

Usage: {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. [1913 Webster]

I wish I had a cause to seek him there, To oppose his hatred fully. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

You have . . . dexterously thrown some of the odium of your polity upon that middle class which you despise. --Beaconsfield. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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