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Improperia

[ im-pro-peer-ee-uh ]
/ ˌɪm prɒˈpɪər i ə /
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noun (used with a plural verb)

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Origin of Improperia

1875–80; <Late Latin, plural of improperium, equivalent to Latin improper(āre) to blame (apparently an unlearned conflation of improbāre to express disapproval and improprius incorrect or improperus not hastening) + -ium-ium
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