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 Dictionary entry overview: What does onus mean? 

ONUS (noun)
  The noun ONUS has 1 sense:

1. an onerous or difficult concern

  Familiarity information: ONUS used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

ONUS (noun)

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An onerous or difficult concern

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


burden; encumbrance; onus; incumbrance; load

Context examples:

the burden of responsibility / that's a load off my mind

Hypernyms ("onus" is a kind of...):

concern; headache; vexation; worry (something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "onus"):

dead weight (an oppressive encumbrance)

fardel (a burden (figuratively in the form of a bundle))

imposition (an uncalled-for burden)

pill (something unpleasant or offensive that must be tolerated or endured)

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