obloquy


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ob·lo·quy

 (ŏb′lə-kwē)
n. pl. ob·lo·quies
1. Abusively detractive language or utterance; calumny: "I have had enough obloquy for one lifetime" (Anthony Eden).
2. The condition of disgrace suffered as a result of abuse or vilification; ill repute.

[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.]

obloquy

(ˈɒbləkwɪ)
n, pl -quies
1. defamatory or censorious statements, esp when directed against one person
2. disgrace brought about by public abuse
[C15: from Latin obloquium contradiction, from ob- against + loquī to speak]

ob•lo•quy

(ˈɒb lə kwi)

n., pl. -quies.
1. censure, blame, or abusive language.
2. discredit, disgrace, or bad repute.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin obloquium contradiction]
ob•lo•qui•al (ɒˈbloʊ kwi əl) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.obloquy - state of disgrace resulting from public abuse
disgrace, ignominy, shame - a state of dishonor; "one mistake brought shame to all his family"; "suffered the ignominy of being sent to prison"
2.obloquy - a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actionsobloquy - a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
assassination, blackwash, character assassination - an attack intended to ruin someone's reputation
malignment, smear, vilification - slanderous defamation
libel - a false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person
slander - words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
name calling, names - verbal abuse; a crude substitute for argument; "sticks and stones may break my bones but names can never hurt me"
epithet, name - a defamatory or abusive word or phrase

obloquy

noun
Translations

obloquy

[ˈɒbləkwɪ] N (frm) (= abuse) → injurias fpl, calumnia f; (= shame) → deshonra f
to cover sb with obloquyllenar a algn de injurias

obloquy

n (liter)
(= blame, abuse)Schmähung f (liter), → Beschimpfung f
(= disgrace)Schande f, → Schmach f
References in classic literature ?
Therefore I am not to be silenced by poverty and sickness, not by hatred and obloquy, by threats and ridicule--not by prison and persecution, if they should come--not by any power that is upon the earth or above the earth, that was, or is, or ever can be created.
There are multitudes of slaves temporarily owned, and sold again, by merchants in northern cities; and shall the whole guilt or obloquy of slavery fall only on the South?
I said I must be allowed to act under a French name, so that I might be shielded from obloquy in my country, in case of fatal results.
To Hetty the "parish" was next to the prison in obloquy, and to ask anything of strangers--to beg--lay in the same far-off hideous region of intolerable shame that Hetty had all her life thought it impossible she could ever come near.
He would see the parties married, and then violate the confidence of the man who had taught him that trick; he would divulge the secret and so remove somewhat of the obloquy that attached to his niece's fame.
The energy which had sustained her thus far quailed before the dreadful prospect--doubly dreadful to a woman--of obloquy and contempt.
But as the priceless treasure too frequently hides at the bottom of a well, it needs some courage to dive for it, especially as he that does so will be likely to incur more scorn and obloquy for the mud and water into which he has ventured to plunge, than thanks for the jewel he procures; as, in like manner, she who undertakes the cleansing of a careless bachelor's apartment will be liable to more abuse for the dust she raises than commendation for the clearance she effects.
He therefore dismissed her with assurances that he would very soon remove her out of the reach of that obloquy she had incurred; concluding with some additional documents, in which he recommended repentance, saying, "Consider, child, there is one still to reconcile yourself to, whose favour is of much greater importance to you than mine.
He is one of those who will find eternal obloquy if The Hague Conference comes to a successful termination.
But the fact was so, for at the next bend in the lane Maggie actually saw the little semicircular black tent with the blue smoke rising before it, which was to be her refuge from all the blighting obloquy that had pursued her in civilized life.
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.
Lord Justice Sedley said in his ruling: "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.