- Obloquy is verbal abuse, or disgrace resulting from abuse.
An example of obloquy is telling lies about a respected teacher.
obloquy definition by Webster's New World
- verbal abuse of a person or thing; censure or vituperation, esp. when widespread or general
- ill repute, disgrace, or infamy resulting from this
Origin: Middle English obliqui ; from Late Latin obloquium ; from Classical Latin obloqui, to speak against ; from ob- (see ob-) plush loqui, to speak
obloquy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. ob·lo·quies
- Abusively detractive language or utterance; calumny: “I have had enough obloquy for one lifetime” (Anthony Eden).
- The condition of disgrace suffered as a result of abuse or vilification; ill repute.
Origin: Middle English obloqui, from Late Latin obloquium, abusive contradiction, from Latin obloquī, to interrupt : ob-, against; see ob- + loquī, to speak; see tolkw- in Indo-European roots.
obloquy - Legal Definition