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Definition a burden — especially a burden to prove something
  • We lost the ball and put the onus on the defense again.
  • Is the onus on the public to "understand" art or on the artist to produce work that provokes ideas or emotions?
  • He wasn't as hard on guys as he was in the past. I think that was part of his plan — to put the onus on guys in the room to take over the team and hold each other accountable.
    Brendan Morrison
  • The community's graffiti laws place the onus of cleanup on property owners.
  • The government's Renewable Obligations Scheme has put an onus on all electricity suppliers to provide some of their energy from green sources as it strives to achieve its 40 per cent renewable energy target for electricity by 2020.
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  • The onus is now on global businesses to conform with the laws of the European Union.
  • Sarbanes-Oxley [the federal financial reporting law] is putting a much greater onus on the board. Ethics becomes very important in the hiring process ... If they end up hiring a CEO to the extent of 'an Enron,' the board will be held responsible, too.
    Peter Felix
  • Researchers identified a vulnerability in the operating system. The onus to fix it is on Microsoft.
  • He's made positive assertions — which puts the onus to prove the assertions on him.
  • If asked why you don't believe in Thor's hammer, you would probably say something like "Why is the onus on me to justify my nonbelief in Thor, given that there is not the smallest positive reason for belief?"
    Richard Dawkins  -- (retrieved 03/10/08)
  • It's not easy to be a point guard, especially for coach Ryan because he puts so much onus on it and responsibility on it. It's not just, "Roll the ball out and let's go."  You're held accountable for every single thing that happens on the floor.
    Greg Gard
  • Can the onus of eating healthfully be moved from the public to the food companies?
  • Then on me be the onus of bringing it forward.
    Bronte, Charlotte  --  Jane Eyre
  • I think it would be just to say that the onus of proof lies with you.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • I suppose I couldn't convince myself— couldn't quite believe that they meant to come and visit that destruction onus.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • He left upon her the onus of further speech.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • "Look, Isabelle," Simon said, figuring that the onus was on him to start the discussion.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • "They didn't have to use the Mortal Sword onus, we would have told the Council the truth, but they used it anyway.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Then on me be the onus of bringing it forward.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Under the Sabotage Law, the onus was on the defense to prove the accused innocent.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom

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