from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Expressing contemptuous reproach; scornful or abusive: opprobrious epithets.
  • adj. Bringing disgrace; shameful or infamous: opprobrious conduct.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • adj. expressing offensive reproach
  • adj. (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