Definition of obloquy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈäbləkwē/


1Strong public criticism or verbal abuse: he endured years of contempt and obloquy
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  • I know of no government that would risk public ire and obloquy by attempting to tax that ‘imputed income.’
  • I can't exactly say that I know the man, but on the occasions that I have met him I have been very struck by the difference between his manner and the amazing volleys of obloquy and abuse that have been flung at him.
  • Jackson has spent his last three albums in a spitting rage about perceived harassment, character assassination and general obloquy.
1.1Disgrace, especially that brought about by public abuse: conduct to which no more obloquy could reasonably attach
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  • The person who finally managed to bring obloquy to the ‘science’ of eugenics was of course Adolf Hitler.
  • Sufis often flirted with public obloquy and social danger, as if to prove that their love of God was wholly disinterested, uninfluenced by, indeed, contemptuous of, the social approval sought by the outwardly pious.
  • The two motives to which I refer are poverty and fear of social obloquy.



Pronunciation: /äbˈlōkwēəl/
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  • This had been a obloquial bait and handle trick that opportunistic equity lenders resort to.
  • Freeware programs are obloquial for containing infections which will produce damage once they are installed onto your operating system.
  • Venetian adventurer and obloquial womanizer Casanova would consume comprehensive quantities of the mollusc everyone day.


Pronunciation: /äbˈlōkwēəs/
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  • I thought that type of obloquious hyphenation was the sole legacy of product marketing.
  • I find you insouciant, obloquious and rather scrofulous.


Late Middle English: from late Latin obloquium 'contradiction', from Latin obloqui, from ob- 'against' + loqui 'speak'.

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Syllabification: ob·lo·quy

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