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Certainly there were plenty of Guatemalans in California, and certainly they would be more than happy to have a trophy like Mae, to punish her for her opprobrium.
Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  extreme criticism or a state of disgrace resulting from it
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opprobrium opprobrious
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  • Certainly there were plenty of Guatemalans in California, and certainly they would be more than happy to have a trophy like Mae, to punish her for her opprobrium.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • As Ted inspected the house with an opprobrious tilt to his nose and something vaguely militaristic in his inspection tour of the damp bedrooms, he stopped suddenly in front of a poster and stared at it.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I am content to suffer alone while my sufferings shall endure; when I die, I am well satisfied that abhorrence and opprobrium should load my memory.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The article about McCandless inOutside generated a large volume of mail, and not a few of the letters heaped opprobrium on McCandless, and on me, as well, the author of the story, for glorifying what some thought was a foolish, pointless death.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild

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  • There was nobody there to speak to him; but, as he passed, the prisoners fell back to render him more visible to the people who were clinging to the bars: and they assailed him with opprobrious names, and screeched and hissed.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • My head still ached and bled with the blow and fall I had received: no one had reproved John for wantonly striking me; and because I had turned against him to avert farther irrational violence, I was loaded with general opprobrium.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Thus they turned through the dark circle on either hand to the opposite point, still crying out their opprobrious verse; then each, when he had come through his half circle, wheeled round to the other joust.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • A habit reprehensible at puberty is second nature and an opprobrium in middle life.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Health, youth, honor, all the shy delicacies of the young body, the heart, virginity, modesty, that epidermis of the soul, are manipulated in sinister wise by that fumbling which seeks resources, which encounters opprobrium, and which accomodates itself to it.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • In this last stage of opprobrium and misfortune, she was still beautiful; her great black eyes appeared still larger, because of the emaciation of her cheeks; her pale profile was pure and sublime.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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  • After all, half the opprobrium of such an act lies in the name attached to it.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • For, while they sit contriving, shall the rest— Millions that stand in arms, and longing wait The signal to ascend—sit lingering here, Heaven’s fugitives, and for their dwelling-place Accept this dark opprobrious den of shame, The prison of his tyranny who reigns By our delay?
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • He will tell you, it is all pfuscherei, which is his most opprobrious word!
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Multitudes of drivers might howl in his rear, and passengers might load him with opprobrium, he would not awaken until some blue policeman turned red and began to frenziedly tear bridles and beat the soft noses of the responsible horses.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • —Sent to school, ’where,’ he told Grandfather, ’I learned little save that most of the deeds, good and bad both, incurring opprobrium or plaudits or reward either, within the scope of man’s abilities, had already been performed and were to be learned about only from books.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • This confession, though delivered rather in terms of contrition, as it appeared, did not at all mollify Mrs Deborah, who now pronounced a second judgment against her, in more opprobrious language than before; nor had it any better success with the bystanders, who were now grown very numerous.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • That was by no means a new idea to Maggie; she had been so often told she was like a gypsy, and "half wild," that when she was miserable it seemed to her the only way of escaping opprobrium, and being entirely in harmony with circumstances, would be to live in a little brown tent on the commons; the gypsies, she considered, would gladly receive her and pay her much respect on account of her superior knowledge.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Nothing, however, could exceed Henrietta’s amiability on this point; she used to abound in the sense of Isabel’s irony and to enumerate with elation the hours she had spent with this perfect man of the world—a term that had ceased to make with her, as previously, for opprobrium.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • She kept on, with hysterical violence, shouting at him an opprobrious, filthy epithet.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The appetite of the people of These States, in popular speeches and writings, is for unhemmed latitude, coarseness, directness, live epithets, expletives, words of opprobrium, resistance.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Let me add that it is the great desideratum by which this form of government can be rescued from the opprobrium under which it has so long labored, and be recommended to the esteem and adoption of mankind.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The housekeeper retired, with a manner but little less dignified, as she thought, than the air of the heiress, muttering as she drew the door after her, with a noise like the report of a musket, the opprobrious terms of "drunkard,"
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Other, and less respectable contributions of the time are /brash/, /brainy/, /peart/, /locoed/, /pesky/, /picayune/, /scary/, /well-heeled/, /hardshell/ (/e. g./, Baptist), /low-flung/, /codfish/ (to indicate opprobrium) and /go-to-meeting/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Nothing, however, could exceed Henrietta’s amiability on this point; she used to abound in the sense of Isabel’s irony and to enumerate with elation the hours she had spent with this perfect man of the world—a term that had ceased to make with her, as previously, for opprobrium.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • And now you see what she’s brought me to—the sly, hypocritical wench"—Bartle spoke these last words in a rasping tone of reproach, and looked at Vixen, who poked down her head and turned up her eyes towards him with a keen sense of opprobrium—"and contrived to be brought to bed on a Sunday at church-time.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • The rich, the poor, the high professor and the prophane, seem all to be infected with this grievous disorder, so that the love of our neighbor seems to be quite banished, the love of self and opinions so far prevails…… The [Tory] enemies of our present struggle …. are grown even scurrilous to individuals, and treat all characters who differ from them with the most opprobrious language.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • On no fewer than four occasions the police were called in to receive denunciations of Mr Meagles as a Knight of Industry, a good-for-nothing, and a thief, all of which opprobrious language he bore with the best temper (having no idea what it meant), and was in the most ignominious manner escorted to steam-boats and public carriages, to be got rid of, talking all the while, like a cheerful and fluent Briton as he was, with Mother under his arm.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Instead of our present relations with Mexico—instead of the serious risks which have been run, and those plausibilities of opprobrium which we have had to combat, not without great difficulty, nor with entire success—instead of the difficulties which now throng the path to a satisfactory settlement of all our unsettled questions with Mexico—Texas might, by a more judicious and conciliatory diplomacy, have been as securely in the Union as she is now—her boundaries…
    John O’Sullivan  --  Annexation (Texas)
  • "The only thing wrong with that old cliché," said Toohey, "is the erroneous implication that ’a crowd’ is a term of opprobrium.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • In their vocabularies of opprobrium and profanity English and Americans diverge sharply.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The Germans, during the war, had no opprobrious nicknames for their foes.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • To steal from one another is indeed highly criminal and indecent; for this may be strictly stiled defrauding the poor (sometimes perhaps those who are poorer than ourselves), or, to set it under the most opprobrious colours, robbing the spittal.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Opprobrious, with his robe of righteousness, Arraying, covered from his Father’s sight.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • If an ill appointment should be made, the Executive for nominating, and the Senate for approving, would participate, though in different degrees, in the opprobrium and disgrace.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • But her silence shrouded her resistant emotion into a more thorough glow; and this misfortune in Will’s lot which, it seemed, others were wishing to fling at his back as an opprobrium, only gave something more of enthusiasm to her clinging thought.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • So great envy had this sack occasioned, that when Mr Allworthy and the other gentry were gone from church, the rage, which had hitherto been confined, burst into an uproar; and, having vented itself at first in opprobrious words, laughs, hisses, and gestures, betook itself at last to certain missile weapons; which, though from their plastic nature they threatened neither the loss of life or of limb, were however sufficiently dreadful to a well-dressed lady.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • It was not that he was in danger of legal punishment or of beggary: he was in danger only of seeing disclosed to the judgment of his neighbors and the mournful perception of his wife certain facts of his past life which would render him an object of scorn and an opprobrium of the religion with which he had diligently associated himself.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • …who, after having dragged the chain of the galleys, was now dragging the invisible but heavy chain of indefinite misery, this man whom the law had not released from its grasp and who could be seized at any moment and brought back from the obscurity of his virtue to the broad daylight of public opprobrium, this man accepted all, excused all, pardoned all, and merely asked of Providence, of man, of the law, of society, of nature, of the world, one thing, that Cosette might love him!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Partridge now waxed wrath: he called the poor cripple by several vile and opprobrious names, and was absolutely proceeding to beat him, but Jones would not suffer any such thing: and now, telling the fellow he would certainly find some opportunity of serving him, Mr Jones departed as fast as his heels would carry him; and Partridge, into whom the thoughts of the hundred pound had infused new spirits, followed his leader; while the man, who was obliged to stay behind, fell to cursing…
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • It certainly is sad that turpitude heaped up should give a sum total of gayety, that by piling ignominy upon opprobrium the people should be enticed, that the system of spying, and serving as caryatids to prostitution should amuse the rabble when it confronts them, that the crowd loves to behold that monstrous living pile of tinsel rags, half dung, half light, roll by on four wheels howling and laughing, that they should clap their hands at this glory composed of all shames, that there…
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • the name was a by-word of scorn and opprobrium throughout the city
  • From that day these outrages have never ceased, until now they have reached a pitch which makes us the opprobrium of the civilized world.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Valley of Fear
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