Obloquy meaning

ŏblə-kwē
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Obloquy is verbal abuse, or disgrace resulting from abuse.

An example of obloquy is telling lies about a respected teacher.

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Verbal abuse of a person or thing; censure or vituperation, esp. when widespread or general.
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Ill repute, disgrace, or infamy resulting from this.
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Abusively detractive language or utterance; calumny.
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The condition of disgrace suffered as a result of abuse or vilification; ill repute.
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Abusive language; blame; disgrace or cause to be in ill repute; calumny. Obloquy may go to the extent where it constitutes defamation. See also defamation and slander.
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Abusive language.
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Disgrace suffered from abusive language.
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Origin of obloquy

  • Middle English obloqui from Late Latin obloquium abusive contradiction from Latin obloquī to interrupt ob- against ob– loquī to speak tolkw- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin obloquium (“contradiction"), from Latin obloquor (“speak against, contradict").

    From Wiktionary