09 April 2013

another new noun

opprobrium, n.
Pronunciation: Brit. /əˈprəʊbrɪəm/ , U.S. /əˈproʊbriəm/

1. An occasion, object, or cause of reproach, criticism, shame, or disgrace; shameful or disgraceful conduct. Now rare.

2. Disgrace or bad reputation arising from a person's shameful or dishonourable conduct; infamy; shame; reproach. Occas. a count noun: an imputation or expression of disapproval or contempt.

[OED Online]

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