from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Abusive language.
- n. Disgrace suffered from abusive language.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Censorious speech; defamatory language; language that casts contempt on men or their actions; blame; reprehension.
- n. Cause of reproach; disgrace.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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)
From Late Latin obloquium ("contradiction"), from Latin obloquor ("speak against, contradict"). (Wiktionary)