- 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.
opprobrium definition by Webster's New World
- the disgrace or infamy attached to conduct viewed as grossly shameful
- anything bringing shame or disgrace
- reproachful contempt for something regarded as inferior
Origin: Classical Latin ; from opprobrare, to reproach ; from ob- (see ob-) plush probrum, a disgrace ; from pro- (see pro-) plush an unverified form bhrom ; from base of ferre, bear, formed after Classical Greek propherein, to bring forward, allege, reproach
opprobrium definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Disgrace arising from exceedingly shameful conduct; ignominy.
- Scornful reproach or contempt: a term of opprobrium.
- A cause of shame or disgrace.
Origin: Latin, from opprobrāre, to reproach : ob-, against; see ob- + probum, reproach; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.