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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
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.
The industry opprobrium has grown louder with the revelation in mid-March that Facebook user data was improperly obtained by Cambridge Analytica, a data-analytics firm that worked for the 2016 Trump campaign.
The de facto ban became a source of protest at home and opprobrium abroad.
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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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