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[uh-proh-bree-uh m] /əˈproʊ bri əm/
the disgrace or the reproach incurred by conduct considered outrageously shameful; infamy.
a cause or object of such disgrace or reproach.
Origin of opprobrium
1650-60; < Latin: reproach, equivalent to op- op- + probr(um) infamy, disgrace + -ium -ium Unabridged
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Examples from the web for opprobrium
  • 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


the state of being abused or scornfully criticized
reproach or censure
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

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

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