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obloquy

[ob-luh-kwee] /ˈɒb lə kwi/
noun, plural obloquies.
1.
censure, blame, or abusive language aimed at a person or thing, especially by numerous persons or by the general public.
2.
discredit, disgrace, or bad repute resulting from public blame, abuse, or denunciation.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Late Latin obloquium contradiction, equivalent to Latin obloqu(ī) to contradict (ob- ob- + loquī to speak) + -ium -ium
Related forms
obloquial
[o-bloh-kwee-uh l] /ɒˈbloʊ kwi əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Synonyms
1. reproach, calumny; aspersion, revilement.
Antonyms
1. praise. 2. credit.
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Examples from the web for obloquy
  • Not all writers or artists seek or ably perform a public role, and those who do risk obloquy and derision, even in free societies.
  • It must accept in silence obloquy heaped upon it by self-serving politicians.
  • But when moved deeply by principle he risked political sabotage and personal obloquy for his convictions.
  • They would have saved the nation some trouble anil themselves much obloquy.
British Dictionary definitions for obloquy

obloquy

/ˈɒbləkwɪ/
noun (pl) -quies
1.
defamatory or censorious statements, esp when directed against one person
2.
disgrace brought about by public abuse
Word Origin
C15: from Latin obloquium contradiction, from ob- against + loquī to speak
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Word Origin and History for obloquy
n.

mid-15c., "evil speaking," from Late Latin obloquium "speaking against, contradiction," from Latin obloqui "to speak against, contradict," from ob "against" (see ob-) + loqui "to speak," from PIE *tolk(w)- "to speak" (see locution). Related: Obloquious.

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