Opprobrium vs Excoriate - What's the difference?

opprobrium | excoriate |

As a noun opprobrium

is disgrace arising from exceedingly shameful conduct; ignominy.

As a verb excoriate is

to wear off the skin of; to chafe or flay.




  • Disgrace arising from exceedingly shameful conduct; ignominy.
  • Scornful reproach or contempt
  • Don't give him a term of opprobrium .
  • A cause of shame or disgrace.
  • Synonyms

    * (scornful reproach) blame, castigation, censure, defamation, derision, invective, libel, reproach, revilement, scolding, signifying, tirade, upbraiding, vilification, vituperation * (cause of shame or disgrace) curse




  • To wear off the skin of; to chafe or flay.
  • To strongly denounce or censure.
  • * 2004 , , Iron Council , 2005 Trade paperback ed., ISBN 0-345-45842-7. p. 464:
  • Madeleina di Farja had described Ori, and Cutter had envisaged an angry, frantic, pugnacious boy eager to fight, excoriating his comrades for supposed quiescence.
  • * 2006 , Patrick Healy " Spitzer and Clinton Win in N.Y. Primary," New York Times , 13 Sep. (retrieved 7 Oct. 2008):
  • Mr. Green, a former city public advocate and candidate for mayor in 2001, ran ads excoriating Mr. Cuomo’s ethics.


    * (to wear off the skin of) abrade, chafe, flay * (to strongly denounce or censure) condemn, disparage, reprobate, tear a strip off

    Derived terms

    * excoriator * excoriation


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