Opprobrium is a shameful act or the disgrace of a shameful act.
An example of opprobrium is the shame that comes with telling lies about a best friend.
- the disgrace or infamy attached to conduct viewed as grossly shameful
- reproachful contempt for something regarded as inferior
Origin of opprobriumClassical Latin from opprobrare, to reproach from ob- (see ob-) + probrum, a disgrace from pro- (see pro-) + base of ferre, bear, formed after Classical Greek propherein, to bring forward, allege, reproach
- Disgrace arising from exceedingly shameful conduct; ignominy.
- Scornful reproach or contempt: a term of opprobrium.
- Archaic A cause of shame or disgrace.
Origin of opprobriumLatin from opprobrāre to reproach ob- against ; see ob- . probrum reproach ; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.