- conveying or expressing opprobrium, as language or a speaker: opprobrious invectives.
- outrageously disgraceful or shameful: opprobrious conduct.
Origin of opprobrious
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Related Wordscontemptuous, damaging, defamatory, despicable, disparaging, humiliating, injurious, insolent, insulting, invective, malevolent, malign, malignant, notorious, offensive, pejorative, scandalous, scurrilous, spiteful, truculent
Examples from the Web for opprobrious
To my great relief, I was mentioned only once or twice and not in opprobrious terms.Alan Turing’s Brother: He Should Be Alive Today
John Ferrier Turing
June 23, 2012
But who ever heard the opprobrious term 'fortune-hunter' given to a woman?Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
One might as well cast the opprobrious text in the face of the moon and stars.The Foot-path Way
"I tell thee I'm not the man for thee," adding an opprobrious name.Mary Barton
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
"Now that is young in the opprobrious sense of the word," said Sir George.The Beth Book
The most opprobrious epithets were applied to this departure.
- expressing scorn, disgrace, or contempt
- shameful or infamous
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.