Obloquy


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Obloquy is a noun that refers to a strongly condemnatory utterance.

Our word of the day combines the Latin prefix O-B meaning ‘against’ with loqui (LOW kwee) which means ‘to speak.’ Obloquy may refer to a discredited condition or it may refer to an instance of verbal abuse.

I accidentally ordered mustard to be put on Robert’s sandwiches, but after the obloquy he gave me, I was always careful to not make that mistake again.