from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Expressing contemptuous reproach; scornful or abusive.
  • adjective Bringing disgrace; shameful or infamous.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Reproachful; expressive of opprobrium or disgrace; contumelious; abusive; scurrilous: as, an opprobrious epithet.
  • Ill-reputed; associated with shame and disgrace; rendered odious; infamous.
  • Synonyms Condemnatory, offensive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Expressive of opprobrium; attaching disgrace; reproachful; scurrilous.
  • adjective Infamous; despised; rendered hateful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or relating to opprobrium.
  • adjective Tending to cause opprobrium.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective expressing offensive reproach
  • adjective (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame


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  • "She was dressed carefully. Dirty and torn clothes, no hint of money to attract unwanted attention in the Fenn, but not so fouled as to attract the opprobrious wrath of travelers in The Crow, where she had started her journey." From Perdido Street Station by China Mieville.

    December 5, 2011