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Friday, September 22, 2006

Definitions for opprobrium

  1. Disgrace; infamy; reproach mingled with contempt.
  2. A cause or object of reproach or disgrace.

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Citations for opprobrium
Typically academic, they disdainfully observed about many university press books--"too dry, too specialized, too self-absorbed for us." In their world, the word "academic" was as much a term of opprobrium as the word "middlebrow" was in mine. Janice A. Radway, A Feeling for Books
Five months after Malaysia incurred global opprobrium by closing off its currency and capital markets, its officials are in no mood to apologize. Mark Landler, New York Times
Origin of opprobrium
Opprobrium derives from Latin opprobrare, "to reproach," from ob, "in the way of" + probrum, "reproach." The adjective form is opprobrious.