V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. burden, duty, or responsibility; 2. the blame for something; 3. burden of proof

Synonyms: burden, responsibility, load, obligation, duty, blame, stigma

Antonyms: acclaim, commendation

Tips: Onus originates from the same Latin word, meaning “burden, load.” Think, "responsibility to carry the load." Onus is often used as a more sophisticated way of saying "burden, responsibility or obligation."

Usage Examples:

When the economy is in a recession, many believe the onus is on the President and Congress to pull the country out of it. (burden, obligation)

He'll always bear the onus of having made bad investment decisions and losing most of the family's retirement savings. (blame, responsibility)

In court, the onus is on the prosecution to prove guilt. (burden [of proof])

We're all out of ideas; I guess the onus is on you to find a solution. (burden, obligation)

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