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Examples of opprobrium in a Sentence
They're going ahead with the plan despite public opprobrium.
saw no reason why “secretary” should suddenly become a term of opprobrium among the politically correct
Recent Examples of opprobrium from the Web
Two spoken interludes, in which Thompson interacts with a malevolent television game show, don’t work: They are supposed to represent the opprobrium that greeted his revelations, but the text was unintelligible in performance.
Since, for a change, the president didn’t do anything worthy of opprobrium, his critics seized instead on his wife’s attire.
The verdict looms as a key moment for Samsung and for a country where close ties between business and government have been an integral part of its economic rise and a target of recent opprobrium.
And given what is now known about the effects that radioactive fallout from such tests has on human health and the environment, one now would only intensify the international opprobrium Mr. Kim already faces.
Following North Korea’s sixth nuclear test on Sunday morning, which triggered a 5.7 magnitude tremor that shook buildings as far away as northeastern China, the world rounded on the pariah state with unified opprobrium.
The latest object of his opprobrium would seem to be Steve Bannon, the chief White House strategist.
Thus, opprobrium was heaped on the Boy Scouts itself.
Surely not; even if successful, the neighbours would suffer huge international opprobrium — without any certainty that the Al-Thani family would find a new ruler more amenable to surrender.
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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."
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