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 obloqu&imacron;, to interrupt : ob-, against; see ob– + loqu&imacron;, 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").