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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Late Latin obloquium ("contradiction"), from Latin obloquor ("speak against, contradict").



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  • Apparently it can be either, logos:

    1. verbal abuse of a person or thing; censure or vituperation, esp. when widespread or general

    2. ill repute, disgrace, or infamy resulting from this

    Well, not her body, or the event.

    May 26, 2009

  • Is one ever in a state of obloquy? or it it something raised against one,like a petition? Would the articles against Anne Boleyn represent or result in obloquy? Would her appearance be an obloquy, lying there, headless, at the moment following her beheading at the behest of King Henry VIII? Was the event an obloquy? Help me please.

    August 9, 2008

  • Also such language; calumny.

    Complaining, as he did, in a half-menacing strain, of the obloquies raised against him--- 'That if he were innocent, he should despise the obloquy; if not, revenge would not wipe off his guilt.'

    Clarissa Harlowe quoting Lovelace, Clarissa by Samuel Richardson.

    November 28, 2007

  • from Middlemarch

    October 1, 2007