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opprobrium

[ uh-proh-bree-uhm ]
/ əˈproʊ bri əm /
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noun

the disgrace or the reproach incurred by conduct considered outrageously shameful; infamy.
a cause or object of such disgrace or reproach.

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Origin of opprobrium

1650–60; <Latin: reproach, equivalent to op-op- + probr(um) infamy, disgrace + -ium-ium

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British Dictionary definitions for opprobrium

opprobrium
/ (əˈprəʊbrɪəm) /

noun

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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