[ 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
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/ (əˈprəʊbrɪəm) /


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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