Mary Queen of Scots certainly had a lot going for her at one point in her life. She was Queen of Scotland where she was merely a baby, and for a time, she was also Queen of France. Not too shabby for a teen royal. But the aristocracy is fickle and their moods equally changeable. So on July 24, 1567, Protestant nobles forced the Catholic Mary to abdicate and replaced her with her infant son James. Perhaps had Mary possibly not been linked to the death of her second husband, she might have been spared this opprobrium.
Noun; from Dictionary.com:
1. The disgrace or the reproach incurred by conduct considered outrageously shameful; infamy
“I would never burden your name with the social opprobrium resulting from the path my life has taken,” India told him, following up with a smile and a gaze that indicated clear-eyed courage and self-sacrifice. (Three Weeks with Lady X, Eloisa James)
No confusion about this one: opprobrium comes into English directly from Latin, from a word of the same spelling meaning “disgrace, infamy, scandal, dishonor.” The prefix ob in Latin means “against” and the root word probrum means “reproach, infamy.” So while the literal translation of opprobrium may have meant “against infamy” instead of its modern meaning, the history of the word developed in such a way to come up with the current definition.
Your turn, bookworms - Literature is filled with characters behaving badly. Who’s your favorite literary bad boy or girl? I confess a certain fondness for Austen’s Frank Churchill. He behaves terribly, and yet still gets exactly what he wants in the end. Not bad.
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