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noun, plural ob·lo·quies.
  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 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
Related formsob·lo·qui·al [o-bloh-kwee-uhl] /ɒˈbloʊ kwi əl/, adjective

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Antonyms for obloquy

1. praise. 2. credit.
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noun plural -quies
  1. defamatory or censorious statements, esp when directed against one person
  2. 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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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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