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WOTD      
Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Thursday 17th August 2017
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opprobrium (noun) o-PRO-bri-um



Scorn, contempt, severe criticism; disgrace stemming from disreputable behaviour.

How would he act if he knew that his career was to be made into fiction, to serve as an object lesson, and a name of opprobrium, to the generations that followed him?

Brian Aldiss, Frankenstein Unbound. Amazon

Like race and national origin, they argue, illegitimacy is a characteristic determined solely by the accident of birth; it is a condition beyond the control of the children, and it is a status that subjects the children to a stigma of inferiority and a badge of opprobrium.

Mr Chief Justice Burger, U.S. Supreme Court JIMENEZ v. WEINBERGER, 417 U.S. 628 (1974), 19 June 1974. US Supreme Court

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. Amazon

The wicketkeeper will have required a JCB to dig himself out of the avalanche of opprobrium heaped upon him in the past week, even before Tendulkar, then on 20, launched a drive at a ball slanted across him by Sidebottom and edged low to the wicketkeeper's right.

Mike Selvey, The Guardian, 10 August 2007. Guardian

But like it or not, Ms. Hilton does perpetuate a few flapper attitudes. Some of these made flappers the target of finger-wagging opprobrium; others won them fans' starry-eyed adulation.

Janet Maslin, The New York Times, 24 March 2006, New York times
reviewing Joshua Zeitz's Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern . Amazon




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