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Posted: Monday, June 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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(noun) Disgrace arising from exceedingly shameful conduct; ignominy.

Synonyms: obloquy

Usage: The candidate's racist comments attracted public opprobrium.
Posted: Monday, June 2, 2014 6:33:23 AM
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Russia's seizure of the Crimea has attracted the West's opprobrium -- but no effective action.
Posted: Monday, June 2, 2014 8:36:00 AM

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Browne says he would rather face public opprobrium, legal challenges and environmental regulations in Britain than the political uncertainty elsewhere.
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Hell politics. Politicians ought to write this word behind their backs.
Posted: Monday, June 2, 2014 3:21:30 PM

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Notes: Despite the wide use of today's Word, it has accumulated a very small family. The adjective and adverb opprobrious and opprobriously are used occasionally in phrases like, opprobrious actions, actions that deserve reproach or opprobrious remarks, remarks showing contempt for opprobrious behavior.

In Play: Today's word refers to the worst kind of disgrace and is used when words like reproach, censure, and reprehension are not strong enough: "Hitler's suicide hardly fit the opprobrium of the devastation he visited on Europe." The word is so powerful and profound, metaphoric usages are difficult to find. It is best to use it only literally: "The opprobrium leveled at Saddam Hussein during his years in power had no effect on the man."

Word History: This word comes from Latin opprobrare "to reproach", a verb derived from ob- "against, toward" + probrum "reproach". Probrum comes from Latin pro- "before" + the root br- "bear, carry". The root br- comes from PIE bher-/bhr-, found in many Indo-European languages, such as English bear, burden, and the barrow in wheelbarrow. The PIE sound [bh] ([b] with a puff of air) became an [f] at the beginning of words, so Latin ferre "to carry" comes from the same root. (I hope we all bear tidings of thanksgiving to Luciano Eduardo de Oliveira for suggesting today's Good Word.)
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Posted: Monday, June 2, 2014 4:59:35 PM

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The meaning of the word "Obloguy" caught my attention.
This is when someone makes a untrue statement of defamation about another person.
This is a hurtful feeling to have this done to you.
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