noun ob·lo·quy \ˈä-blə-kwē\

: harsh or critical statements about someone

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

plural ob·lo·quies

Full Definition of OBLOQUY

:  a strongly condemnatory utterance :  abusive language
:  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


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