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Definition of "obloquy" []

  • Abusively detractive language or utterance; calumny: "I have had enough obloquy for one lifetime” ( Anthony Eden). (noun)
  • The condition of disgrace suffered as a result of abuse or vilification; ill repute. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "obloquy" in a sentence
  • "First spotted at the beginning of the second millennium in a Latin-to-Anglo-Saxon glossary under the heading “Concerning Tools of Farmers,” it is now “a term of obloquy.”"
  • "He has rivalled in obloquy Marx himself, with the additional effect of being a much more nearly present danger."
  • "He shrugged his shoulders as if the obloquy were a tangible load that could be shifted."