1. intense hatred or dislike, especially 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; < Latin: hatred, equivalent to od ( isse ) to hate + -ium -ium
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I just learned this one from a crossword puzzle. I thought I'd share.
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