opprobrium | opprobrious

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strong criticism or disapproval

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opprobrium - condemnation

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If you earn ‘opprobrium’, then you have done something that is considered grossly wrong and has brought public disgrace. This formal word expresses the extremely negative reaction that such behaviour generates in others towards you. In fact, the response can be so intense that it can be hard to recover from it.

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  1. Public opprobrium over the scandal is unlikely to be nullified without the resignation of a number of high profile government officials.

  2. I was shocked by Claire’s extreme and opprobrious remarks during the meeting. Even though she apologised, she will likely face disciplinary action.

  3. The anti-democratic measures taken by that country's government has led to widespread international opprobrium and could see sanctions being imposed.

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