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  1. conveying or expressing opprobrium, as language or a speaker: opprobrious invectives.
  2. outrageously disgraceful or shameful: opprobrious conduct.
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Origin of opprobrious

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin opprobriōsus, equivalent to Latin opprobri(um) opprobrium + -ōsus -ous
Related formsop·pro·bri·ous·ly, adverbop·pro·bri·ous·ness, nounnon·op·pro·bri·ous, adjectivenon·op·pro·bri·ous·ly, adverbnon·op·pro·bri·ous·ness, nounun·op·pro·bri·ous, adjectiveun·op·pro·bri·ous·ly, adverbun·op·pro·bri·ous·ness, noun


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  1. expressing scorn, disgrace, or contempt
  2. shameful or infamous
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Derived Formsopprobriously, adverbopprobriousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for opprobrious


"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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