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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 odi·um /ˈodiəm/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 O·di·um n.
 1. Intense hatred or dislike; loathing; abhorrence.
 2. The quality that provokes hatred; offensiveness.
    She threw the odium of the fact on me.   --Dryden.
 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.
 Odium theologicum , the enmity peculiar to contending theologians.
 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.
 I wish I had a cause to seek him there,
 To oppose his hatred fully.   --Shak.
    You have . . . dexterously thrown some of the odium of your polity upon that middle class which you despise.   --Beaconsfield.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: state of disgrace resulting from detestable behavior
      2: hate coupled with disgust [syn: abhorrence, abomination,
          detestation, execration, loathing]