opprobrious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj opprobrious (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame "Man...has written one of his blackest records as a destroyer on the oceanic islands"- Rachel Carson","an ignominious retreat","inglorious defeat","an opprobrious monument to human greed","a shameful display of cowardice"
    • adj opprobrious expressing offensive reproach
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Opprobrious Expressive of opprobrium; attaching disgrace; reproachful; scurrilous; as, opprobrious language. "They . . . vindicate themselves in terms no less opprobrious than those by which they are attacked."
    • Opprobrious Infamous; despised; rendered hateful; as, an opprobrious name. "This dark, opprobrious den of shame."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • opprobrious Reproachful; expressive of opprobrium or disgrace; contumelious; abusive; scurrilous: as, an opprobrious epithet.
    • opprobrious Ill-reputed; associated with shame and disgrace; rendered odious; infamous.
    • opprobrious Synonyms Condemnatory, offensive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Opprobrious o-prō′bri-us expressive of opprobrium or disgrace: reproachful: infamous: despised
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. opprobriosus, fr. opprobrium,. See Opprobrium
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—ob, against, probrum, reproach.

Usage

In literature:

Then yet again Melantho with rude speech Opprobrious, thus, assail'd Ulysses' ear.
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer
That we did not speak in opprobrious, but rather favourable terms, of His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor; or, 3.
"The Story of My Life" by Egerton Ryerson
Robert had no words too opprobrious for the widowed condition from which her return had rescued him.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
One word more about the race, all but extinct, of the people opprobriously called prize-fighters.
"The Romany Rye A Sequel to 'Lavengro'" by George Borrow
He called her by the most opprobrious names.
"Margaret of Anjou" by Jacob Abbott
Now these remarks are not opprobrious.
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
Not wanting opprobrious epithets, my steed remained nameless for the first week.
"A Yeoman's Letters" by P. T. Ross
To call a trader a lamb is as opprobrious an epithet as it was to call a Norman baron an Englishman.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
The opprobrious epithets which he applied to her stung her to the quick.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Opprobrious epithets are derived from these differences.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
That opprobrious epithet "English" swept all fear and discretion from Scotty's mind.
"The Silver Maple" by Marian Keith
The Pahi Town Hall is not to be rashly designated with opprobrious epithets.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
Endless ye deem the splendours of this hour, And call defeat opprobrious!
"Legends of the Saxon Saints" by Aubrey de Vere
He wore a mustache and a chin whisker of that variety designated in the mountains by the most opprobrious of epithets.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
Whenever any of the Haugians approached, they threw a light on their faces, calling out their names with scornful and opprobrious words.
"Skipper Worse" by Alexander Lange Kielland
Such combinations of opprobrious epithets are rarely exhibited.
"In The Ranks" by R. E. McBride
So his well-meaning proffer was met with opprobrious epithets, and indignant defiance.
"From the Rapidan to Richmond and the Spottsylvania Campaign" by William Meade Dame
The Republics of that day were, for the most part, so governed as to reconcile men with the less opprobrious vices of monarchy.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
A very opprobrious epithet was now hurled at the latter.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, January, 1851" by Various
Wagtail, used in opprobrious sense, 158.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
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In poetry:

He gnasht his teeth; opprobrious names
Muttered on Death, and wisht his flames
Could crack his stubborn ribs . . in vain . .
He must resign or share the place
Imperial; he must bear disgrace
While that intruder feels but pain.
"On The Descent Into Hell Of Ezzelino Di Napoli" by Walter Savage Landor