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Feb 11, 2015
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exordium
recrudescence
opprobrium
comportment
solicitude

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opprobrium

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.

USAGE:
“Most countries have armies, but in Pakistan the army has a country. ... The army’s record is not one to be proud of. Wars launched against India in 1947, 1965, and 1999, won little or nothing beyond international opprobrium.”
Nosebags; The Economist (London, UK); Sep 20, 2014.

See more usage examples of opprobrium in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The government ought not to be invested with power to control the affections, any more than the consciences of citizens. -Lydia Maria Child, activist, novelist, and journalist (11 Feb 1802-1880)

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