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opprobrious

[uh-proh-bree-uh s] /əˈproʊ bri əs/
adjective
1.
conveying or expressing opprobrium, as language or a speaker:
opprobrious invectives.
2.
outrageously disgraceful or shameful:
opprobrious conduct.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin opprobriōsus, equivalent to Latin opprobri(um) opprobrium + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
opprobriously, adverb
opprobriousness, noun
nonopprobrious, adjective
nonopprobriously, adverb
nonopprobriousness, noun
unopprobrious, adjective
unopprobriously, adverb
unopprobriousness, noun
Synonyms
1. reproachful, abusive, vituperative, contemptuous. 2. dishonorable, ignominious.
Antonyms
1. laudatory. 2. reputable.
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  • Rarely will conduct rise to such an opprobrious level.
British Dictionary definitions for opprobrious

opprobrious

/əˈprəʊbrɪəs/
adjective
1.
expressing scorn, disgrace, or contempt
2.
shameful or infamous
Derived Forms
opprobriously, adverb
opprobriousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for opprobrious
adj.

"full of reproach, intended to bring disgrace," late 14c., from Old French oprobrieus (Modern French opprobrieux), or directly from Late Latin opprobriosus, from Latin opprobare "to reproach, taunt," from ob "against" (see ob-) + probrum "reproach, infamy." Etymological sense is "disgrace attached to conduct considered shameful." Related: Opprobriously; opprobriousness.

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