obloquy

[ob-luh-kwee]
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:
1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin obloquium contradiction, equivalent to Latin obloqu(ī) to contradict (ob- ob- + loquī to speak) + -ium -ium

obloquial [o-bloh-kwee-uhl] , adjective


1. reproach, calumny; aspersion, revilement.


1. praise. 2. credit.
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obloquy (ˈɒbləkwɪ)
 
n , pl -quies
1.  defamatory or censorious statements, esp when directed against one person
2.  disgrace brought about by public abuse
 
[C15: from Latin obloquium contradiction, from ob- against + loquī to speak]

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obloquy
1460, "evil speaking," from L.L. obloquium "speaking against, contradiction," from ob "against" + loqui "to speak," from PIE *tolkw-/*tlokw- "to speak."
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Example sentences
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.
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