American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Abusively detractive language or utterance; calumny: "I have had enough obloquy for one lifetime” ( Anthony Eden).
- n. The condition of disgrace suffered as a result of abuse or vilification; ill repute.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Contumelious or abusive language addressed to or aimed at another; calumny; abuse; reviling.
- n. That which causes reproach or detraction; an act or a condition which occasions abuse or reviling.
- n. The state of one stigmatized; odium; disgrace; shame; infamy.
- n. Synonyms Opprobrium, Infamy, etc. (see ignominy); censure, blame, detraction, calumny, aspersion; scandal, slander, defamation, dishonor, disgrace.
- n. Abusive language.
- n. Disgrace suffered from abusive language.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Censorious speech; defamatory language; language that casts contempt on men or their actions; blame; reprehension.
- n. obsolete Cause of reproach; disgrace.
- n. state of disgrace resulting from public abuse
- n. a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
- From Late Latin obloquium ("contradiction"), from Latin obloquor ("speak against, contradict"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English obloqui, from Late Latin obloquium, abusive contradiction, from Latin obloquī, to interrupt : ob-, against; see ob- + loquī, to speak; see tolkw- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“First spotted at the beginning of the second millennium in a Latin-to-Anglo-Saxon glossary under the heading “Concerning Tools of Farmers,” it is now “a term of obloquy.””
“He has rivalled in obloquy Marx himself, with the additional effect of being a much more nearly present danger.”
“He shrugged his shoulders as if the obloquy were a tangible load that could be shifted.”
“Lord Justice Sedley said: "It seems that the making of a public sacrifice to deflect press and public obloquy, which is what happened to the appellant, remains an accepted expedient of public administration.”
“It seems that the making of a public sacrifice to deflect press and public obloquy, which is what happened to the appellant, remains an accepted expedient of public administration,”
“Envy, too, has had its share in the obloquy which is cast upon this office.”
“They heap "obloquy" upon us and they seek to discover crass motives behind our benevolent actions.”
“To say that it is true of all of them would be to cast too great obloquy upon the human race.”
“The result: almost universal obloquy from which, in some ways, he never quite recovered.”
“Nowadays, you can't make a fart noise by blowing into an empty Black Crows box at the ballet without drawing the scorn and obloquy of all right-thinking men and women.”
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