onus \OH-nuhs\, noun:
- A burden; an obligation; a disagreeable necessity.
- a: A stigma. b: Blame.
- The burden of proof.
Origin: Onus is adopted from Latin onus, "load, burden." The derivative Latin adjective onerosus yields English onerous, "burdensome, oppressive." The derivative Latin verb onerare has the compound form exonerare, "to free from (ex-) an onus or burden," which yields English exonerate, "to relieve, in a moral sense, as of a charge, obligation, or load of blame resting on one."
- To "call it a day" at work so you can go party.
EMPLOYEE #2: Hells yeah! It's time to clock out with my cock out!
- Julius Caesar: crossed the Rubicon with his army (49 BCE)
- Common Sense: Thomas Paine published (anonymously) his influential pamphlet calling for American independence from Britain via revolution (1776)
- Where's the beef?: Wendy's ad campaign began; it quickly morphed into a political slogan (1984)
- Max Roach 1925
- Donald Brooks 1928
- Sherrill Milnes 1935