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obloquy

[ ob-luh-kwee ]
/ ˈɒb lə kwi /
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noun, plural ob·lo·quies.

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.

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Origin of obloquy

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

OTHER WORDS FROM obloquy

ob·lo·qui·al [o-bloh-kwee-uhl], /ɒˈbloʊ kwi əl/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for obloquy

obloquy
/ (ˈɒbləkwɪ) /

noun plural -quies

defamatory or censorious statements, esp when directed against one person
disgrace brought about by public abuse

Word Origin for obloquy

C15: from Latin obloquium contradiction, from ob- against + loquī to speak
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