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Definition of opprobrious

1 : expressive of opprobrium : scurrilous opprobrious language
2 : deserving of opprobrium : infamous

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Other Words from opprobrious

opprobriously adverb
opprobriousness noun

Examples of opprobrious in a Sentence

an opprobrious attack on the alleged corruption in the police department contends that visiting a brothel is the sort of opprobrious conduct for which a public official should be censured
Recent Examples on the Web Honor is not, in Mr. Sommers’s view, without its opprobrious aspects, not least its association with violence. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "‘Why Honor Matters’ Review: Taking Things Personally," 3 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of opprobrious

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for opprobrious

Middle English, borrowed from Late Latin opprobriōsus, from Latin opprobrium opprobrium + -ōsus -ose entry 1

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“Opprobrious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opprobrious. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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