Definition of opprobrium in English:


Line breaks: op¦pro|brium
Pronunciation: /əˈprəʊbrɪəm


[mass noun]
1Harsh criticism or censure: the critical opprobrium generated by his films
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  • His follow-up picture Assassin premiered at Cannes in 1997 to particularly dismissive critical opprobrium and never earned a release in the UK.
  • Despite his outsider status and the opprobrium it generates, he won't give in.
  • Of course politicians choose to be public figures and they know it opens them up to the likelihood of public criticism and general opprobrium.
1.1Public disgrace arising from shameful conduct: the opprobrium of being closely associated with gangsters
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  • For now, officials trying to protect the public risk punishment and opprobrium, while terrorists trying to invade and destroy the country enjoy politically motivated protection.
  • Any hint of public opprobrium at ‘shacking up’ has vanished.
  • Apparently fearful of public opprobrium, companies have been spurred to reduce toxic emissions on their own.
1.2 [count noun] archaic An occasion or cause of reproach or disgrace.


mid 17th century: from Latin, literally 'infamy', from opprobrum, from ob- 'against' + probrum 'disgraceful act'.

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