One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of language) expressing scorn or criticism.
abusive, vituperative, derogatory, disparaging, denigratory, pejorative, deprecatory, insulting, offensive, defamatory, slanderous, libellous, scurrilous, scandalous, vitriolic, venomousView synonyms
- ‘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’.’
- ‘Sponsors are withdrawing advertisements featuring the couple and websites have been flooded with opprobrious messages.’
- ‘Growing up, it's funny how words get to be opprobrious.’
- ‘In this more recent instance, Atkinson found an opprobrious term rolling nicely off the tongue.’
- ‘The term also entered popular journalism of the 1920s and 30s, used of composers as unalike as Varèse and Bartók, generally with opprobrious intent.’
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English: from late Latin opprobriosus, from opprobrium (see opprobrium).
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