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Below you will find the definition of obloquy, followed by 40 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - state of disgrace resulting from public abuse
EXAMPLES - Obloquy in a Sentence
- '' Why, obloquy will follow if I am thought of as racist ''. (source)
- Both McCain and Powell deserve the contempt and obloquy they now endure. (source)
- Yet through all that hunt of obloquy, Bill Clinton was strangely passive. (source)
- KEAN'S fleeing from 'the hot pursuit of obloquy' is exceedingly vivid; and (source)
- Envy, too, has had its share in the obloquy which is cast upon this office. (source)
- He shrugged his shoulders as if the obloquy were a tangible load that could be shifted. (source)
- The result: almost universal obloquy from which, in some ways, he never quite recovered. (source)
- Moreover, the effort suffers from commensurate obloquy within the clerical community itself. (source)
- To say that it is true of all of them would be to cast too great obloquy upon the human race. (source)
- No Frenchman of this century has been the object of greater extremes of veneration and obloquy. (source)
- They heap "obloquy" upon us and they seek to discover crass motives behind our benevolent actions. (source)
- Moreover, the window of opportunity during which the public can heap obloquy on men in suits is brief. (source)
- For Cadfael was certain that Tutilo had never done violence to any man, and must not be marked with that obloquy for life. (source)
- Saleem Chaudhry Karachi, PakistanThe spectacle of Colin Powell's humiliation was a devastating obloquy for U.S. credibility. (source)
- They've been subject to an increasingly determined campaign of public obloquy by law professors, activist lawyers and pundits. (source)
- Uninformed, public opinion had consequently stuck at the 'Ellis is innocent' stage, and I'd had nearly three months, now, of obloquy. (source)
- Some time ago on BBC's Question Time, Salmond poured obloquy on Israel and made no attempt to hide his prejudices vis a vis that country. (source)
- Whilst heartily concuring with any amount of obloquy directed towards Brussels, it strikes me as the epitome of injustice to attack Mr Cameron in this way. (source)
- In the meanwhile, if I HAD murdered my Lord, I could scarcely have been received with more shameful obloquy and slander than now followed me in town and country. (source)
- And as another comment on there shows, there's at least one "high profile" person of Jewish parentage hastening to heap obloquy on the beleaguered little Jewish State. (source)
- "It seems that the making of a public sacrifice to deflect press and public obloquy, which is what happened to the appellant, remains an accepted expedient of public administration," (source)
- Therefore with obloquy and hard words they rated the two girls for a time in such a way that neither of them could put in a word by way of reply, but felt compelled to listen patiently. (source)
- He was compelled to serve the man he hated, to confer the highest honour on the man he had doomed to the deepest obloquy, publicly to bow before one whom he hoped to trample beneath his feet! (source)
- In the coming days, commentators will be scrambling for their thesauruses to find new ways to describe the mounting criticism of Attorney General Gonzales (try "calumny" or "obloquy" for starters). (source)
- It is disgusting that Anita Hill, who had the fortitude to tell the truth in the face of right-wing obloquy, has to endure the intrusive and ugly meddling of Thomas wife who clearly has no conscience. (source)
- This admittedly compressed burst of obloquy is a fair sampling of young Schacht's adjective-heavy style, which he extends not only to his physical environs but to virtually anyone who crosses his path. (source)
- Lord Justice Sedley said: "It seems that the making of a public sacrifice to deflect press and public obloquy, which is what happened to the appellant, remains an accepted expedient of public administration." (source)
- And for their part, President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao are loyal guardians of this controversial legacy, which has on occasion been the subject of international obloquy, especially in cases like Darfur. (source)
- Though unlike Chuck Hagel, Carter doesn't evince a "long-delayed desire to make sense of his own life and his country's past," and while he's received a good deal of obloquy, our sense is that it's still short of "his fair share." (source)
- Forsyth, sullenly seeming to be relieved that someone other then he was the focus of family obloquy, made his way to the doorway into the main passage, where we'd arranged a flap of canvas that could be fastened across to give privacy. (source)
- The friends and sympathizers of these traitors have sought to cast obloquy and distrust upon the statements of those who have successfully broken up the great conspiracy, and perjury has sought to blacken their reputations, but in vain. (source)
- Nor would a potential violator fail to realize that any temporary advantage it might gain by such secret tests or preparations would clearly be far outweighed by the global sanctions, obloquy and isolation it would suffer for such illegal misconduct. (source)
- But given the obloquy they have endured for following Bush's orders on interrogations and detentions, said another intel insider, CIA officials might resist any attempts by Obama to issue classified operational orders that contradict his official policies. (source)
- Justices hear the Malcolm case - as the press hides Who else but writer Janet Malcolm could offer up such a miserable co-nundrum to the always-smug, ever-righteous press: defend the outer limits of the First Amendment or avoid the obloquy of siding with a journalistic pariah? (source)
- Precisely because the Commission does not publicize the outcome of appeals against a negative lustration certificate, individuals barred from holding office by its decisions are often able to leave their place of employment and find another job without suffering any public obloquy. (source)
- To say of a professional athlete that he took regular injections of performance-enhancing drugs is certainly defamatory, exciting adverse, derogatory and unpleasant feelings about him, causing him to be shunned and avoided, exposing him to aversion, obloquy, odium, ostracism and disgrace! (source)
- Having received a great deal of obloquy for dragging monarchs, princes, and the respected nobility into the Snob category, I trust to please everybody in the present chapter, by stating my firm opinion that it is among the RESPECTABLE classes of this vast and happy empire that the greatest profusion of Snobs is to be found. (source)
- Ostensibly, his article is a review of four food-related books, but perhaps it would be best characterized as a rant, in which he rails against a "gourmet community secure in its newfound reputation...that it now proclaims the very qualities -- greed, indifference to suffering, the prioritization of food above all -- that earned it so much obloquy in the first place in the first place." (source)
- Royally courageous, loyal and straightforward; to her personal enemies almost magnanimous; to the poor and afflicted pitiful; loving her country passionately: she was blind to the forces at work in the world, obsessed with the idea of one supreme duty, and she set herself, as she deemed, to do battle with Antichrist by the only methods she knew, though they were alien to her natural disposition, facing hatred and obloquy. (source)
- A few of the ministers labouring in Canada obeyed what they conceived the dictates of prudence, and returned to the United States; but the most of them, although cut off from fellowship, and largely from sympathy with the Conference and Church by which they were appointed, continued steadfast at their posts and loyal to the institutions of the country, notwithstanding the obloquy, suspicion, and persecution to which they were often subjected. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 40 example sentences provided below is 44.0, which suggests that "obloquy" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 15 synonyms for obloquy.
abuse, animadversion, aspersion, bad press, censure, criticism, defamation, disgrace, humiliation, ignominy, insult, invective, reproach, slander, vituperation
We have 9 antonyms for obloquy.
approval, commendation, compliment, exaltation, flattery, glorification, honor, praise, respect
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of obloquy from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) Abusively detractive language or utterance; calumny: "I have had enough obloquy for one lifetime” ( Anthony Eden).
- (noun) The condition of disgrace suffered as a result of abuse or vilification; ill repute.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) Abusive language.
- (noun) Disgrace suffered from abusive language.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) Censorious speech; defamatory language; language that casts contempt on men or their actions; blame; reprehension.
- (noun) Cause of reproach; disgrace.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) Contumelious or abusive language addressed to or aimed at another; calumny; abuse; reviling.
- (noun) That which causes reproach or detraction; an act or a condition which occasions abuse or reviling.
- (noun) The state of one stigmatized; odium; disgrace; shame; infamy.
- (noun) Synonyms Opprobrium, Infamy, etc. (see ignominy); censure, blame, detraction, calumny, aspersion; scandal, slander, defamation, dishonor, disgrace.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) state of disgrace resulting from public abuse
- (noun) a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions