- 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
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1. reproach, calumny; aspersion, revilement.
1. praise. 2. credit.
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Examples from the Web for obloquy
"Much they care for all the ridicule and all the obloquy you can throw on them," replied the reader.Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
Of the obloquy he has brought upon his own country I do not speak.
Our prisoner, as an added mark of obloquy, was to be crucified between them.The Centurion's Story
David James Burrell
He thought no more of him, and we were set up as a mark of every kind of obloquy.Perils and Captivity
Charlotte-Adlade [ne Picard] Dard
Why, then, has her memory been covered through centuries with scorn and obloquy?The Reign of Mary Tudor
W. Llewelyn Williams.
- defamatory or censorious statements, esp when directed against one person
- disgrace brought about by public abuse
C15: from Latin obloquium contradiction, from ob- against + loquī to speak
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Word Origin and History for obloquy
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