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obloquy

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noun ob·lo·quy \ˈä-blə-kwē\

Simple Definition of obloquy

  • : harsh or critical statements about someone

  • : the condition of someone who lost the respect of other people

Full Definition of obloquy

plural ob·lo·quies

  1. 1 :  a strongly condemnatory utterance :  abusive language

  2. 2 :  the condition of one that is discredited :  bad repute

Examples of obloquy

  1. a victim of hatred and obloquy

  2. <unable to mount a rational defense of her position, she unleashed a torrent of obloquy on her opponent>



Origin of obloquy

Middle English obloquie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin obloquium, from obloqui to speak against, from ob- against + loqui to speak


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of obloquy

abuse, vituperation, invective, obloquy, billingsgate mean vehemently expressed condemnation or disapproval. abuse, the most general term, usually implies the anger of the speaker and stresses the harshness of the language <scathing verbal abuse>. vituperation implies fluent and sustained abuse <a torrent of vituperation>. invective implies a comparable vehemence but suggests greater verbal and rhetorical skill and may apply to a public denunciation <blistering political invective>. obloquy suggests defamation and consequent shame and disgrace <subjected to obloquy and derision>. billingsgate implies practiced fluency and variety of profane or obscene abuse <directed a stream of billingsgate at the cabdriver>.

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