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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
Bloodshed at the Gaza border may have revived global opprobrium against Israel for use of disproportionate live fire against unarmed protesters, killing dozens; but Trump’s backing gives it reason to feel emboldened.
The administration was eager to win the men's release to provide good diplomatic news to offset the international opprobrium after Trump on Tuesday withdrew the United States from the 2015 multinational nuclear agreement with Iran.
Only the United Methodists, however, can threaten the attorney general with spiritual discipline as well as opprobrium.
Prominent Washington journalists, meanwhile, took pains to defend Sanders — earning their own opprobrium from some liberals who asked why reporters were sticking up for an administration that routinely impugns their work.
Prominent Washington journalists, meanwhile, took pains to defend Ms. Sanders — earning their own opprobrium from some liberals who asked why reporters were sticking up for an administration that routinely impugns their work.
But the free speech rights that every American enjoys do not protect guys like him from the common-sense principle that actions have consequences, some of which may include public opprobrium.
For all these candidates, violating the law and attracting the opprobrium of the liberal elites or feckless party leaders proves their merit.
Toyota now faces similar opprobrium for throttling back the batteries of some of its older Prius hybrid cars, to prevent them frying their electronics.
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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."
Origin and Etymology of opprobrium
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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