Obloquy is verbal abuse, or disgrace resulting from abuse.
An example of obloquy is telling lies about a respected teacher.
- verbal abuse of a person or thing; censure or vituperation, esp. when widespread or general
- ill repute, disgrace, or infamy resulting from this
Origin of obloquyMiddle English obliqui from Late Latin obloquium from Classical Latin obloqui, to speak against from ob- (see ob-) + loqui, to speak
- 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 of obloquyMiddle 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.
- Abusive language.
- Disgrace suffered from abusive language.
From Late Latin obloquium (“contradiction"), from Latin obloquor (“speak against, contradict").