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Opprobrious

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Oppróbrious. adj. [from opprobrium, Lat.] Reproachful; disgraceful; causing infamy; scurrilous.

Himself pronounceth them blessed, that should for his name sake be subject to all kinds of ignominy and opprobrious malediction. Hooker, b. v. s. 48.

                I will not here defile
My unstain'd verse with his opprobrions name.
Daniel.

Solomon he led by fraud to build
His temple right against the temple of God,
On the opprobrious hill.
Milton's Paradise Lost, b. i.

They see themselves unjustly aspersed, and and vindicate themselves in terms no less opprobrious than those by which they are attacked. Addison's Freeholder, № 137.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Daniel, Samuel (28) · Hooker, Richard (175) · Milton, John (449)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Opprobrious." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 5, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=9650.


  1. Typesetter’s error: opprobrions in the Daniel quote should be opprobrious.

  2. Brandi on June 3rd, 2012 at 3:34 am

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