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Word of the Day: obloquy

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Word of the Day from Merriam Webster Dictionary, Feb 11, 2020

obloquy: noun

Definition:
1: a strongly condemnatory utterance: abusive language
2: the condition of one that is discredited: bad repute


DID YOU KNOW?
English speakers can choose from several synonyms to name a tongue-lashing. Abuse is a good general term that usually stresses the anger of the speaker and the harshness of the language, as in "scathing verbal abuse." Vituperation often specifies fluent, sustained abuse; "a torrent of vituperation" is a typical use of this term. Invective implies vehemence comparable to vituperation but may suggest greater verbal and rhetorical skill; it may also apply especially to a public denunciation, as in "blistering political invective." Obloquy, which comes from the Late Latin ob- (meaning "against") plus loquī (meaning "to speak"), suggests defamation and consequent shame and disgrace; a typical example of its use is "subjected to obloquy and derision."

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