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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Wednesday 19th December 2018
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odium (noun) O-di-um

Hatred, dislike, repugnance, blame, the state of being hateful, disprepute, disgrace.

Nay, in order to cast an odium upon the new government of the United States, he insinuates, that his arrest was purposely protracted 'till the ratification of nine states had given stability to that system': a falsehood, as unwarrantable as it is insidious; for, it will be proved that this delay took place at his own request, communicated by Col. Proctor.

U.S. Supreme Court, RESPUBLICA v. OSWALD, 1 U.S. 319 (1788), July 1788. US Supreme Court

The bosses, who face an investigation, are the objects of such odium that few would mourn if they were boiled with their own puddings, in accordance with the old Scrooge recipe, and buried with a stake of holly through their hearts.

Mary Riddell, The Observer, 12 November 2006. The Observer

His journals repeatedly cite the early pagan characterization of Christianity as odium generis humani, a hatred of everything human.

John Updike, The New Yorker, 28 March 2005,
The New Yorker
reviewing Joakim Garff's Søren Kierkegaard: A Biography. Amazon

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