Definition of opprobrium
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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
Even Trump is likely to figure this one out and avoid the opprobrium that would follow.
A noble goal, no doubt, especially when confronted with the moral opprobrium of bedroom police.
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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."
OPPROBRIUM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of opprobrium for English Language Learners
: very strong disapproval or criticism of a person or thing especially by a large number of people
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