op·​pro·​bri·​ous | \ ə-ˈprō-brē-əs How to pronounce opprobrious (audio) \

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, 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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The first known use of opprobrious was in the 14th century

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“Opprobrious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opprobrious. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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