Opprobrious Op*pro"bri*ous, a. [L. opprobriosus, fr. opprobrium. See {Opprobrium}.] 1. Expressive of opprobrium; attaching disgrace; reproachful; scurrilous; as, opprobrious language. [1913 Webster]

They . . . vindicate themselves in terms no less opprobrious than those by which they are attacked. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. Infamous; despised; rendered hateful; as, an opprobrious name. [1913 Webster]

This dark, opprobrious den of shame. --Milton. [1913 Webster] -- {Op*pro"bri*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Op*pro"bri*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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