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opprobrium

[uh-proh-bree-uh m] /əˈproʊ bri əm/
noun
1.
the disgrace or the reproach incurred by conduct considered outrageously shameful; infamy.
2.
a cause or object of such disgrace or reproach.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin: reproach, equivalent to op- op- + probr(um) infamy, disgrace + -ium -ium
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  • Even the names of opprobrium which the hostile parties applied to each other were borrowed.
  • The opprobrium heaped on ratings firms is only partly deserved.
  • Others think the prime minister is pushing him forward to take the opprobrium.
  • He is a zoo creature, behind the bars of the people's opprobrium.
  • Seen in this light, descriptions of pork barrel politics typically are overlaid with moral opprobrium.
  • Ostensibly, voters become so satiated by the opprobrium candidates heap on one another that they quit the process entirely.
  • But that astonishment and opprobrium will not suffice to justify the suppression of dual nationality.
  • One was to raise the level of opprobrium in society for that sort of activity.
British Dictionary definitions for opprobrium

opprobrium

/əˈprəʊbrɪəm/
noun
1.
the state of being abused or scornfully criticized
2.
reproach or censure
3.
a cause of disgrace or ignominy
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ob- against + probrum a shameful act
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Word Origin and History for opprobrium
n.

1680s, from Latin opprobrium "disgrace, infamy, scandal, dishonor," from opprobare (see opprobrious).

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