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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for February 11, 2020 is:

obloquy • AH-bluh-kwee  • noun

1 : a strongly condemnatory utterance : abusive language

2 : the condition of one that is discredited : bad repute

Examples:

The manager walked quickly back to the dugout as insults and obloquy rained down from the stands.

“During [literary critic Harold Bloom’s] extremely prolific career, his audience was split between adulation and obloquy.” — Benjamin Ivry, The Forward, 14 Oct. 2019

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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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