[uh-proh-bree-uh m]


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
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Contemporary Examples of opprobrium

Historical Examples of opprobrium

  • Does she know of the opprobrium which must fall upon her head?

    The Forsaken Inn

    Anna Katharine Green

  • Every form in which shame and opprobrium could overwhelm her darling, haunted her.


    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

  • Cock-eye, a term of opprobrium often applied to one that squints.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

  • Far from me be the thought of lessening the opprobrium of the deed I am accused of.

    The Indian Scout

    Gustave Aimard

  • He merited their opprobrium, simply by being a comrade to his men.

    Recollections with the Third Iowa Regiment

    Seymour D. (Seymour Dwight) Thompson

British Dictionary definitions for opprobrium



the state of being abused or scornfully criticized
reproach or censure
a cause of disgrace or ignominy

Word Origin for opprobrium

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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