• WordNet 3.6
    • n onus an onerous or difficult concern "the burden of responsibility","that's a load off my mind"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Onus A burden; an obligation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n onus A burden: often used for onus probandi, ‘onus of proof.’
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Onus ō′nus burden: responsibility
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. onus, burden.


In literature:

The more, since everybody's so onused to 'em 'round yere.
"Faro Nell and Her Friends" by Alfred Henry Lewis
If there was discord in company affairs, the wanton James always bore the onus.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
He couldn't put an onus like that upon them.
"Anything You Can Do" by Gordon Randall Garrett
It was clear that the onus of further speech was to rest with him.
"The Moving Finger" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
They relieve one from the onus of speaking frankly.
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
Thus the onus fell upon us.
"Our campaign around Gettysburg" by John Lockwood
Shorty saw this, and with his customary impudence determined to put the onus of recognition on the other side.
"Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6) The Deacon's Adventures At Chattanooga In Caring For The Boys" by John McElroy
The onus is on them to show that the dividends have been paid out of profits.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 7" by Various
He shifted the onus of the surprise to Elijah's shoulders.
"The Vision of Elijah Berl" by Frank Lewis Nason
Some one must take the onus of initiative.
"Seeds of Pine" by Janey Canuck

In news:

Onus is on Huckabee to Force Akin From Race.
Tyrann Mathieu dismissal puts onus on LSU's underachieving offense.
Those who put concussion onus on the players aren't thinking clearly.
Onus is on Lamar Odom to take Mavericks to the next level.
Security Onus Is on Developers.
To US, Onus Is on Hussein.
Norfolk Southern Railway Article Railroad safety, rail service the onus of Norfolk Southern's new dual-purpose committees.
In the USA, and more recently in Europe, an increasing onus is being placed on radiologists to ensure reports are communicated to the referring clinician, particularly when an urgent or unexpected diagnosis is made.
Onus Is on Physicians to Recoup Money Owed Them.
Onus for roadway safety set squarely on shoulders of states.
In short, they put the onus on the athletes and coaches to do the right thing and not tank on purpose.
As much as the University of Washington faithful lean on the worn clichés – players win games, for example – it's clear whom the onus is squarely on today as the Huskies open their 2010 football season at Brigham Young.
ST PETERSBURG, Fla. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine placed the onus for his strained relationship with Kevin Youkilis on the former Boston infielder Sunday morning.
"I do take the onus on me to try to get that corrected ," Webster said.
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle is putting the onus on City Council members to figure out how to pay for an employee cost-of-living adjustment raise.

In science:

The onus of herding the mundane and tiresome details of credential security shifts from humans to software.
KeyAuth: Bringing Public-key Authentication to the Masses
In any case, the onus is on the medium-energy experiments to make a better case for the possible existence of the Θ+ .
Experimental Search for Pentaquarks
CMB scales, and the onus is on CMB-polarisation experiments.
The Tensor Desert
This state of affairs is probably unavoidable; in any case, there would seem to be an onus upon authors and workers in the field to take care over the definition of observables.
Tools for extracting new physics in events with missing transverse momentum
Research institutes India follows a unique model of research where the onus of research lies on institutes outside the purview of local universities, the latter therefore, play a secondary role restricted to taught post graduate courses.
India's tryst with modern astronomy