Definition of opprobrious in US English:



  • (of language) expressing scorn or criticism.

    • ‘While one should deplore the heavy-handed censorship that made the Index of Forbidden Books so opprobrious, no one can wonder why the censors found Hume a prime candidate for that infamous canon.’
    • ‘In short, valuing for the increment added by improvements, if not an everyday occurrence, is by no means so odd as to attract the opprobrious epithet ‘impractical’.’
    • ‘The term also entered popular journalism of the 1920s and 30s, used of composers as unalike as Varèse and Bartók, generally with opprobrious intent.’
    • ‘Growing up, it's funny how words get to be opprobrious.’
    • ‘Sponsors are withdrawing advertisements featuring the couple and websites have been flooded with opprobrious messages.’
    • ‘In this more recent instance, Atkinson found an opprobrious term rolling nicely off the tongue.’
    abusive, vituperative, derogatory, disparaging, denigratory, pejorative, deprecatory, insulting, offensive, defamatory, slanderous, libellous, scurrilous, scandalous, vitriolic, venomous
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Late Middle English: from late Latin opprobriosus, from opprobrium (see opprobrium).