If I had to combine the word "Odium" with "Cultivation", what word would come closest to explaining that meaning? This is in relation to a certain fantasy / sci-fi book series (the Cosmere) which I'm a fan of.

If anyone wants a bit of a puzzle, I guess they can engage their brains on this if they want! I've thought of words like "Grudge", "Animosity" and the such, but they just don't seem to explain my meaning as well as I like.

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    Does the hatred grow over time, or is it a timeless eternal malice? I'm confused by cultivation and your comment below that it is a "force of nature".
    – TimR
    Dec 25, 2016 at 13:50
  • Cultivation; the hatred is cultivated, it grows, it has a purpose. In the fantasy series, these are eternal beings with great power that act based on their Intent, which is described by words such as Cultivation or Odium. Dec 26, 2016 at 14:01

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Grudge fits, but if it doesn't work it doesn't work.

To despise means "to strongly hate" but doesn't necessarily point to a time frame. Similarly, detest, abominate, abhor, and loathe, and others fun words like execrate, all indicate hatred but not how long you've been hating.

Bad blood is an idiom that indicates a long-standing animosity, although not necessarily hatred:

There had been bad blood between Bob and his enemy for many years

You can get metaphorical. For example a malignancy is a growing disease within a body, but figuratively it can refer to ill-will that has festered for some time, like a cancer:

There was a malignancy in Bob's heart, and it had a name: Fred Jones.

Related, a vendetta is a serious, long-term campaign of (or related to) vengeance.

Bob vowed to get his revenge on Fred no matter what it took. His vendetta would take him across continents and decades.

You can say something is an anathema, indicating both strong dislike and outrage.

The mere mention of the name of the elusive Fred became anathema to him.

Also related, a nemesis is someone's arch-enemy. It does indicate long-standing conflict, but not necessarily hatred:

Bob finally met his nemesis for the last time at the edge of Schroedinger Falls, where they vowed it would not end until one of them was (potentially) dead.

Let me know if I'm getting warm?

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    That's very helpful! Thanks. I think Malignancy might be the closest out of the bunch to what I'm looking for - it's meant as a representative word for a sort of "god", or a force of nature acting with intent (described by the word). Dec 25, 2016 at 12:34

The word you might be looking for is

feud - a bitter, continuous hostility, especially between two families, clans, etc., often lasting for many years or generations


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