PRONUNCIATION: (uh-PRO-bree-uhs)

MEANING: adjective: 1. Expressing strong criticism. 2. Deserving 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: 1410.


OPPROARIOUS, OPPRORIOUS - laughing out loud

UPPROBRIOUS - what you call disgraceful activity at that university in Sweden (or the city which hosts it)

OPPROBRIOUT - the umpire blew a very important call at home plate