Pronunciation: (ō'dē-um),[key] —n. 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.