- the disgrace or the reproach incurred by conduct considered outrageously shameful; infamy.
- a cause or object of such disgrace or reproach.
Origin of opprobrium
Related Words for opprobriumignominy, infamy, obloquy, blemish, humiliation, tarnish, dishonor, discredit, degradation, disrespect, shame, disrepute, debasement, stigma, stain
Examples from the Web for opprobrium
Contemporary Examples of opprobrium
Singled out for opprobrium was the planned exhibit on Margaret Sanger, birth-control crusader and godmother of Planned Parenthood.Michele Bachmann’s Crazy War on Women’s History
May 8, 2014
In the real world, walking around with Google Glass is as likely to make you a target of opprobrium as it is a target of envy.Is Wearable Technology a Fad or the Future?
January 9, 2014
Just this weekend, in the wake of the Arizona shooting, he lobbed some opprobrium toward Sarah Palin via his Twitter account.Piers Morgan's Splashy CNN Debut
January 11, 2011
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.Ruth
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
He merited their opprobrium, simply by being a comrade to his men.Recollections with the Third Iowa Regiment
Seymour D. (Seymour Dwight) Thompson
- the state of being abused or scornfully criticized
- reproach or censure
- a cause of disgrace or ignominy
Word Origin for opprobrium
Word Origin and History for opprobrium
1680s, from Latin opprobrium "disgrace, infamy, scandal, dishonor," from opprobare (see opprobrious).