Definition of obloquy in English:



mass noun
  • 1Strong public condemnation.

    ‘he endured years of contempt and obloquy’
    • ‘I know of no government that would risk public ire and obloquy by attempting to tax that ‘imputed income.’’
    • ‘She walked towards me with a look of anger and obloquy on her face.’
    • ‘Moreover, the moral obloquy involved will normally be likely to be rather less than in what have been styled ‘truly criminal’ cases.’
    • ‘But his stubbornness during the last months of the war caused resentment after the war and some obloquy.’
    • ‘She can't be referring to obloquy in general, since it is her campaign that is firing out slurs and false allegations at an astonishing pace.’
    • ‘Napalm's employment in the Vietnam war attracted particular obloquy.’
    • ‘To flinch was to earn obloquy, possibly for life.’
    • ‘He didn't mind public debate and obloquy, but he hated personal spite and family quarrels.’
    • ‘The two found that they shared beliefs - and the burden of obloquy for what they believed.’
    • ‘Lady Hamilton's reputation has never fully recovered from the public obloquy heaped on her for her affair with Nelson, which led ultimately to her lonely and impoverished death in Calais from alcoholism.’
    • ‘Jackson has spent his last three albums in a spitting rage about perceived harassment, character assassination and general obloquy.’
    • ‘It cannot hurt for the dictator to be held up to obloquy and censure for the use of gas.’
    • ‘He dishes out obloquy to former tutors and students and treats the reader to vainglorious self-congratulation.’
    • ‘Some of this obloquy does, however, belong to publishers.’
    • ‘Many current leaders of public opinion are blind to the implications of global insecurity and they risk the obloquy of history - we must be sure that they do not take us with them.’
    • ‘I do not mean to suggest that these wide receivers are uniquely deserving of obloquy.’
    • ‘Behind all the hysterical and gaudy obloquy is the suspicion that each could have been everything he ever promised he would be - and, in the common imagination, still can be.’
    • ‘It is a modern, sentimental fiction always to ladle virtue over the working-class characters and obloquy over the rich ones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the other hand, if he hangs on, the result will be certain obloquy: he will be fated to be remembered as the man who lost America.’
    vilification, opprobrium, vituperation, condemnation, castigation, denunciation, abuse, criticism, censure, flak, defamation, denigration, disparagement, derogation, slander, revilement, reviling, calumny, calumniation, execration, excoriation, lambasting, upbraiding, bad press, character assassination, attack, invective, libel, insults, aspersions
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    1. 1.1 Disgrace, especially that brought about by public condemnation.
      ‘conduct to which no more obloquy could reasonably attach’
      • ‘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 person who finally managed to bring obloquy to the ‘science’ of eugenics was of course Adolf Hitler.’
      • ‘The two motives to which I refer are poverty and fear of social obloquy.’
      • ‘But no one, as far as I know, ever asks what series of events brought Hester to Massachusetts, where so much obloquy is heaped on her.’
      • ‘The European democracies have received, with overwhelmingly good reason, much obloquy for their failure to take effective measures against fascism in the 1930s.’
      • ‘Erasmus Darwin's fate, his chronic diseases, strenuous urging of social and organic progress, and posthumous obloquy, were too close for comfort to his grandson's hopes and fears.’
      • ‘Amid national and international obloquy and mockery, progress could only be made very discreetly.’
      disgrace, dishonour, shame, discredit, stigma, humiliation, loss of face, ignominy, odium, opprobrium, disfavour, disrepute, ill repute, infamy, notoriety, scandal, stain
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Late Middle English: from late Latin obloquium ‘contradiction’, from Latin obloqui, from ob- ‘against’ + loqui ‘speak’.