PRONUNCIATION: (uh-PRO-bree-uhm)

MEANING: noun:
1. Strong criticism.
2. Public disgrace

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin opprobrium (reproach), from ob- (against) + probrum (infamy, reproach). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bher- (to carry), which also gave us bear, birth, barrow, burden, fertile, transfer, offer, suffer, euphoria, and metaphor. Earliest documented use: 1656.

COPPROBRIUM - what's going on in Ferguson, MO these days

OPPROBARIUM - in favor of GI X-ray studies with contrast material

COPPR O'BRIUM - one member of the Dublin police force