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obloquy

ob·lo·quy

obloquy

 
pronunciation:
a bl kwi
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part of speech: noun
inflections: obloquies
definition 1: abuse or censure, esp. as directed at one by many or by the general public; calumny.
Unfortunately, the criminal actions of one officer exposed the whole police department to obloquy.
synonyms:
calumny, censure
antonyms:
praise
similar words:
abuse, animadversion, condemnation, denunciation, disapprobation, disapproval, discredit, invective, rebuke, reproach, scurrility
definition 2: loss of reputation as a result of such censure.
synonyms:
discredit, disgrace, dishonor, disrepute, shame
antonyms:
honor
similar words:
contempt, disfavor, ignominy, opprobrium, scandal
derivation: obloquial (adj.)
Word Parts
The word obloquy contains the following parts:
ob- Latin prefix that means towards; against; away
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The prefix ob- is a Latin preposition and prefix and occurs in English in Latin loanwords, such as object . It has multiple forms, as the 'b' sound in ob- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See its assimilated forms oc-, of-, op-, and o-.