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Friday, August 28, 2015

Definitions for opprobrious

  1. outrageously disgraceful or shameful: opprobrious conduct.
  2. conveying or expressing opprobrium, as language or a speaker: opprobrious invectives.

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Citations for opprobrious
"The boy is of an outspoken disposition, and had made an opprobrious remark respecting my personal appearance" "What did he say about your appearance?" "I have forgotten, sir," said Jeeves, with a touch of austerity. "But it was opprobrious…" P. G. Wodehouse, The Inimitable Jeeves, 1923
The automobile industry began a campaign to popularize the use of the word “jaywalking” (walking like a “jay,” or rube), a term so derogatory that when it was used in 1915 by New York’s police commissioner, The Times responded with an editorial criticizing the “truly shocking” and “highly opprobrious” slur. Nathaniel Rich, "The History of a City Underfood," New York Times Magazine, April 23, 2015
Origin of opprobrious
Opprobrious can be traced to the Latin opprobrāre meaning "to reproach; taunt." It entered English in the mid-1300s.