obloquy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n obloquy a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
    • n obloquy state of disgrace resulting from public abuse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Obloquy Cause of reproach; disgrace.
    • Obloquy Censorious speech; defamatory language; language that casts contempt on men or their actions; blame; reprehension. "Shall names that made your city the glory of the earth be mentioned with obloquy and detraction?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n obloquy Contumelious or abusive language addressed to or aimed at another; calumny; abuse; reviling.
    • n obloquy That which causes reproach or detraction; an act or a condition which occasions abuse or reviling.
    • n obloquy The state of one stigmatized; odium; disgrace; shame; infamy.
    • n obloquy Synonyms Opprobrium, Infamy, etc. (see ignominy); censure, blame, detraction, calumny, aspersion; scandal, slander, defamation, dishonor, disgrace.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Obloquy ob′lo-kwi reproachful language: censure: calumny: disgrace.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. obloquium, fr. obloqui,. See Oblocutor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. obloquiumob, against, loqui, to speak.

Usage

In literature:

Of the obloquy he has brought upon his own country I do not speak.
"Cornelius O'Dowd Upon Men And Women And Other Things In General Originally Published In Blackwood's Magazine - 1864" by Charles Lever
He was casting obloquy on a woman.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII." by Guy de Maupassant
Abuse and obloquy were heaped upon the Ministers from every quarter.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Let him not marry beneath him; let him not unite himself to one whose family contains a single member deserving obloquy or reproach.
"Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf" by George W. M. Reynolds
No one has ever dared to contend that I killed my son in order to escape public obloquy, as you have just insinuated.
"Fantômas" by Pierre Souvestre
He had at length gone down to his grave in the fulness of age, in peace after so many troubles, in honor after so much obloquy.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
We heap upon them moral obloquy more atrocious than that which the master heaps upon the slave.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
And breathe defiance to black obloquy.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 122, December, 1867" by Various
His vision led him unto obloquy also.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
The obloquy heaped upon them was the work of designing men who desired to continue their impositions upon the people.
"The Railroad Question" by William Larrabee
Friday, the sixth day of the week, has for ages borne the obloquy of odium and ill-luck.
"Christopher Columbus and His Monument Columbia" by Various
And there's the insolence of mastery, and the obloquy of poverty and situation that I hope you'll never feel.
"The Flockmaster of Poison Creek" by George W. Ogden
Blount's memory bears its weight of obloquy.
"Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers" by Charles Bradlaugh, A. Collins, and J. Watts
How could she at the first unsupported obloquy of a stranger turn against them?
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
She was pale after the night's strain, although apparently unconscious of the obloquy of her neighbors.
"Claim Number One" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
He bore up under a storm of obloquy and misrepresentation.
"Home Life of Great Authors" by Hattie Tyng Griswold
A storm of obloquy and reproach arose.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 9" by Various
He would drag out his own life in misery and obloquy, indeed; but what of that?
"A House-Party" by Ouida
Rather conviction at once, death, dishonor, and obloquy.
"The Doctor, his Wife, and the Clock" by Anna Katharine Green
We should see them keeping lighthouses if it were not for the obloquy.
"The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly" by Charles James Lever
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In poetry:

And what of those great men on high
Who said this thing should be?
What of the Law's high officers
Who voiced the brute decree?
Shall such ones not become the mark
For scornful obloquy?
"The Age of Reason" by C J Dennis