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[ob-luh-kwee] /ˈɒb lə kwi/
noun, plural obloquies.
censure, blame, or abusive language aimed at a person or thing, especially by numerous persons or by the general public.
discredit, disgrace, or bad repute resulting from public blame, abuse, or denunciation.
Origin of obloquy
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Late Latin obloquium contradiction, equivalent to Latin obloqu(ī) to contradict (ob- ob- + loquī to speak) + -ium -ium
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[o-bloh-kwee-uh l] /ɒˈbloʊ kwi əl/ (Show IPA),
1. reproach, calumny; aspersion, revilement.
1. praise. 2. credit. Unabridged
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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


noun (pl) -quies
defamatory or censorious statements, esp when directed against one person
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

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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