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Definition: 1. expressing harsh criticism or scorn; 2. shameful and worthy of contempt

Synonyms: critical, scornful, derogatory, abusive, insulting, contemptible, offensive, scurrilous, infamous, disgraceful, shameful

Antonyms: appreciative, complimentary, proud, worthy, reputable, honorable

Tips: Opprobrious is derived from the Latin opprobare, "to reproach." Opprobrious is a strong word to describe something shameful or worthy of contempt. One can also be criticized in an opprobrious (abusive) manner. The noun form, opprobrium, refers to very harsh criticism.

Usage Examples:

The CEO had opprobrious words for his sales department after another weak month. (harsh, critical, derogatory)

It was an opprobrious title to be named "Worst Player" on the team. (shameful)

Most people believe that cheating on your spouse is an opprobrious act. (shameful, disgraceful)

The way she parades around town, flaunting her wealth while others suffer, is opprobrious. (contemptible, offensive, shameful)

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