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From Late Latin obloquium (contradiction), from Latin obloquor (speak against, contradict).


  • IPA(key): /ˈɒbləˌkwi/, /ˈɔːbləˌkwi/


obloquy (plural obloquies)

  1. Abusive language.
    • 1748, David Hume, Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 34.
      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.
    • 1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 21, The Dust of Conflict[1]:
      “Can't you understand that love without confidence is a worthless thing—and that had you trusted me I would have borne any obloquy with you. []
  2. Disgrace suffered from abusive language.
    • 1825, William Hazlitt, The Spirit of the Age, Mr. Malthus
      His name undoubtedly stands very high in the present age, and will in all probability go down to posterity with more or less of renown or obloquy.
    • 1886, Henry James, The Princess Casamassima.
      It was comparatively easy for him to accept himself as the son of a terribly light Frenchwoman; there seemed a deeper obloquy even than that in his having for his other parent a nobleman altogether wanting in nobleness.