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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
The tragedy is that Trump has made the U.S., rather than China, the focus of the world’s opprobrium.
Ziad Doueiri has come to expect this mixture of acclaim from abroad and opprobrium at home.
Whether Sessions survives this latest round of opprobrium is anyone's guess.
Instead, opprobrium over Mr. Trump’s decision has sliced through political and sectarian lines across the Middle East, cutting into even the president’s most cherished alliances in the region.
In historical terms, Luther is singular in the fact that his place is secure, even despite the whole power and weight of papal opprobrium, of outlawry and condemnation for heresy, that were brought down upon him.
The convenient thing about a failure this massive is there’s little reason to be stingy with the opprobrium.
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.
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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
First Known Use: 1656See Words from the same year
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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