Definition of obloquy
- held to their convictions in the face of obloquy
- living out his days in the obloquy of one who had betrayed a solemn trust
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a victim of hatred and obloquy
unable to mount a rational defense of her position, she unleashed a torrent of obloquy on her opponent
English speakers can choose from several synonyms to name a tongue-lashing. Abuse is a good general term that usually stresses the anger of the speaker and the harshness of the language, as in "scathing verbal abuse." Vituperation often specifies fluent, sustained abuse; "a torrent of vituperation" is a typical use of this term. Invective implies vehemence comparable to vituperation, but may suggest greater verbal and rhetorical skill; it may also apply especially to a public denunciation, as in "blistering political invective." Obloquy, which comes from the Late Latin ob- (meaning "against") plus loqui (meaning "to speak"), suggests defamation and consequent shame and disgrace; a typical example of its use would be "subjected to obloquy and derision."
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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