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opprobrious Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective satellite expressing offensive reproach
    abusive; scurrilous.
  2. adjective satellite (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
    ignominious; shameful; inglorious; black; disgraceful.
    • 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

Op*pro"bri*ous adjective
L. opprobriosus, fr. opprobrium. See Opprobrium.
  1. 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. Addison.
  2. Infamous; despised; rendered hateful; as, an opprobrious name.
    This dark, opprobrious den of shame. Milton.
    -- Op*pro"bri*ous*ly, adv. -- Op*pro"bri*ous*ness, n.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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