noun (plural -quies) Etymology: Middle English obloquie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin obloquium, from obloqui to speak against, from ob- against + loqui to speak Date: 15th century 1. a strongly condemnatory utterance ; abusive language 2. the condition of one that is discredited ; bad repute Synonyms: see abuse

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  • obloquy — I noun abasement, abuse, abusive language, accusation, animadversion, aspersion, berating, blame, castigation, censure, chastisement, chiding, contempt, criticism, debasement, defamation, degradation, denunciation, derision, derogation, diatribe …   Law dictionary

  • Obloquy — Ob lo*quy ([o^]b l[ o]*kw[y^]), n. [L. obloquium, fr. obloqui. See {Oblocutor}.] 1. Censorious speech; defamatory language; language that casts contempt on men or their actions; blame; reprehension. [1913 Webster] Shall names that made your city… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • obloquy — (n.) mid 15c., evil speaking, from L.L. obloquium speaking against, contradiction, from obloqui to speak against, contradict, from ob against (see OB (Cf. ob )) + loqui to speak, from PIE *tolkw /*tlokw to speak (see …   Etymology dictionary

  • obloquy — 1 *abuse, vituperation, invective, scurrility, billingsgate Analogous words: censuring or censure, condemning or condemnation, denouncing or denunciation, criticizing or criticism (see corresponding verbs at CRITICIZE): calumny, *detraction,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • obloquy — [n] calumny abuse, animadversion, aspersion, bad press, censure, criticism, defamation, disgrace, humiliation, ignominy, insult, invective, reproach, slander, vituperation; concepts 271,277,278 …   New thesaurus

  • obloquy — ► NOUN 1) strong public condemnation. 2) disgrace brought about by public condemnation. ORIGIN from Latin obloqui speak against …   English terms dictionary

  • obloquy — [äb′lə kwē] n. pl. obloquies [ME obliqui < LL obloquium < L obloqui, to speak against < ob (see OB ) + loqui, to speak] 1. verbal abuse of a person or thing; censure or vituperation, esp. when widespread or general 2. ill repute,… …   English World dictionary

  • Obloquy — Wikipedia does not have an encyclopedia article for Obloquy (search results). You may want to read Wiktionary s entry on obloquy instead.wiktionary:Special:Search/obloquy …   Wikipedia

  • obloquy — noun 1) he was able to control the press of New York City, so as to hold me up to obloquy Syn: vilification, opprobrium, vituperation, condemnation, denunciation, abuse, criticism, censure, defamation, denigration, calumny, insults; informal… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • obloquy — noun /ˈɒbləˌkwi,ˈɔːbləˌkwi/ a) Abusive language It is surprising, therefore, that this philosophy, which, in almost every instance, must be harmless and innocent, should be the subject of so much groundless reproach and obloquy. b) Disgrace… …   Wiktionary

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