A Word A Day : Obloquy

Monday, 10th December 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Noun )

Pronunciation : óbble-kwee

1. Abusively detractive language or utterance

2. Statements that severely criticize or defame somebody

3. A state of disgrace brought about by being defamed

4. A false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person


15th century - late Latin obloquium - talking against - loqui - to talk


Censure, Criticism, Defamation, Blame, Opprobrium, Bad Press, Attack, Character Assassination, Disgrace, Shame, Infamy, Ignominy, Disfavor, Dishonor, Humiliation, Odium, Disrepute


Praise, Laud

Contextual Examples:

• I have had enough obloquy for one lifetime .

• He is one of those who will find eternal obloquy if The Hague Conference comes to a successful termination.

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