opprobrium[ə prō′brē əm]
- 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
- anything bringing shame or disgrace
- 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-) + an unverified form bhrom ; from 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.