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obloquy

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Synonyms and Antonyms of obloquy

  1. 1 harsh insulting language unable to mount a rational defense of her position, she unleashed a torrent of obloquy on her opponent Synonyms of obloquy billingsgate, fulmination, invective, abuse, scurrility, vitriol, vituperationWords Related to obloquy blackguardism; blasphemy, curse, execration, imprecation, malediction, profanity; epithet, insult, put-down, slur; expletive, swearword; aspersion, bad-mouthing, belittlement, disparagement, revilement, vilification; castigation, chastisement, criticism, excoriation, opprobrium, rebuke, reprimand, reproof; broadside, diatribe, harangue, polemic, tiradeNear Antonyms of obloquy acclaim, applause, commendation, praise; compliments, congratulations, endearments, felicitations; adulation, blarney, flattery, overpraise, soft soap

  2. 2 the state of having lost the esteem of others although he had beaten the murder rap, the accused murderer was condemned to live out his days in perpetual obloquy Synonyms of obloquy discredit, disesteem, dishonor, disrepute, ignominy, infamy, disgrace, odium, opprobrium, reproach, shameWords Related to obloquy scandal; contempt, despite, disdain, scorn; deprecation, disapprobation, disapproval, disfavor; abasement, debasement, debasing, degradation, dust, humbling, humiliation; blot, brand, shadow, slur, smirch, spot, stain, stigma, taintNear Antonyms of obloquy admiration, appreciation, estimation, regard; awe, fear, reverence; fame, glory, renown, reputeAntonyms of obloquy esteem, honor, respect

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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