[ ob-luh-kwee ]
/ ˈɒb lə kwi /

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.

Nearby words

  1. oblivious,
  2. oblong,
  3. oblongata,
  4. oblongly,
  5. obloquial,
  6. obmutescence,
  7. obnounce,
  8. obnoxious,
  9. obnubilate,
  10. obo

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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/ (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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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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