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opprobrium

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noun op·pro·bri·um \-brē-əm\

Simple Definition of opprobrium

  • : very strong disapproval or criticism of a person or thing especially by a large number of people

Full Definition of opprobrium

  1. 1 :  something that brings disgrace

  2. 2 a :  public disgrace or ill fame that follows from conduct considered grossly wrong or vicious b :  contempt, reproach

Examples of opprobrium

  1. They're going ahead with the plan despite public opprobrium.

  2. <saw no reason why secretary should suddenly become a term of opprobrium among the politically correct>



Origin of opprobrium

Latin, from opprobrare to reproach, from ob in the way of + probrum reproach; akin to Latin pro forward and to Latin ferre to carry, bring — more at ob-, for, bear


First Known Use: 1656




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