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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  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>



Did You Know?

Opprobrium was borrowed into English from Latin in the 17th century. It came from the Latin verb opprobrare, which means "to reproach." That verb in turn came from the noun probrum, meaning "disgraceful act or "reproach." These gave us "opprobrium" as well as its adjective form "opprobrious," which means "scurrilous" or "infamous." One might commit an "opprobrious crime" or be berated with "opprobrious language." "Probrum" gave English another word too, but you might have a little trouble guessing it. It's "exprobrate," an archaic synonym of "censure" or "upbraid."

Origin and Etymology 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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